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.
The genre differences between mystery, suspense, and thriller. Plus ten mystery elements you need to include in your mystery novel.
Tips to add excitement and mystery after the novel midpoint. How to focus on each section instead of rushing to the end.
Tips to plant clues about your villain but leaving the reveal to your sleuth.
Without an immediate connection with your sleuth, a reader is not motivated to follow them solving the puzzle in the rest of your novel.
Tips on using characters, twists, and clues to keep your mystery reader guessing until the end.
How to gather story setting details and use them in your mystery to keep your reader engaged.
What Came Before Every character arrives in your story with backstory. Backstory is what came before in their lives before the story begins. Long ago or maybe just last week, something happened that impacted your character. In a mystery, you need to know the backstory of your sleuth and each of the suspects, including the…