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Mystery Monday – Secrets: The Victim – The Forgotten Character

Find The Victim’s Secrets in Your Mystery

The victim is a strategic character in your mystery. Spend just as much time developing this character as you do your protagonist and the villain.

Even though your victim is dead or soon dead, they are the character around whom the story revolves. The crime against the victim must be worthy of your story.

Know The Victim’s Secrets

Create at least two and up to four secrets about the victim. Then reveal them through the story through physical clues and dialogue from other characters. 

Some secrets may be red herrings that make another character look guilty and at least one will turn out to reveal the villain’s identity.

Questions and Answers About Writing

Q: I have a story idea.
​Q: I’ve finished my manuscript, now what?

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