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Unpack Your Story’s Supporting Characters

Individual Characters and the Story ​In a mystery, supporting characters provide conflict for the detective. Their role in the story is to confound, confuse, lie and make trouble for your protagonist. They enhance the story context and color how your story is revealed. ​ The Character Bible ​A character bible is the place where you…

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Backstory and Dreams – What To Do

Photo by Jordan McQueen on Unsplash Backstory and Dreams – New Writer Pitfalls ​Backstory and Dreams are traps for beginning writers. When you’re just starting out, avoid them. Yes, I know Michael Connelly uses war dreams for Bosch.  Use these two story elements with a light touch. Best to avoid them. If you use them at all, wait…

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Cut Through The Story Fog To Write Your Mystery

Photo by Eugeniu Esanu on Unsplash How To Not Get Lost In Your Mystery Writing a first mystery can be challenging as a new author. With all the information out there about writing a story, you may be tempted to get “everything” into your story.  And, with your creative mind buzzing, it’s easy to have lots of ideas…

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Mystery Monday – Characters & Secrets

Tips to Make Supporting Characters Suspicious Supporting characters are rich tools for misdirecting your sleuth. Characters because of their secrets, lies, and coverups lead the sleuth down trails that are dead ends. How to Make Innocent Suspects Look Guilty When you observe people, you’ll notice actions and dialogue that you can use in your mystery. Keep…

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Use Character Depth to Build Reversals

When Friends Become Enemies and Enemies Become Friends Challenging your protagonist with obstacles adds intrigue and engagement for readers. Reversals, where what appears to be one thing turns into something else are great obstacles to throw at your protagonist. Just when the reader thinks they know, a reversal pivots the story. The protagonist experiences an…

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Character Change and Story Dynamic

Choose Your Challenge ​​ ​Writers come up with many ways to establish the characters in their stories, especially the main character: character interviews, worst fear, early childhood, habits good and bad, etc. What readers want is action.The easiest way to reconcile your wealth of knowledge about your character and engaging readers in the story is…