Mystery readers have expectations. Use these 10 elemental mystery tropes, to give them what they want while writing a great story.
A story idea isn’t a novel yet. Steps to flesh out your idea into a solid novel plan.
Creativity is risk.Tips to overcome fear for writers. How to acknowledge your writing fears and steps to take to keep writing.
Tips to master your story’s beginning. Character, setting, voice, action, and the first sentence all work together to draw your reader into your story.
Your mystery balances on the character triangle of victim, villain, and sleuth. Each must be equally strong for your story to work.
What to do when a character starts taking over your story.
Planning makes writing go faster. But sometimes it feels as though you’re trying to squeeze your story into a plot structure. You are overthinking your story.
A reversal at the midpoint points toward narrowing the focus in the second half of the middle.
How to develop Act 2 in the four-act structure to expand your story and get readers invested in the story.
Techniques for balancing plot and character by planning and then writing scene-by-scene.