As a mystery writer, you’re no stranger to the challenge of crafting a story that keeps your readers on the edge of their seats, flipping pages long into the night. The architecture of your narrative is just as crucial as the enigma at its heart. Enter the four-act structure—a strategic blueprint that can imbue your…
Uncover the secrets to creating an unforgettable second pinch point in your mystery novel. Master the art of surprise and suspense.
Dive into the world of mystery writing! Uncover the secrets of crafting a suspenseful second half that keeps readers guessing until the very end.
How to use the four-act structure to lead your reader through your mystery novel.
Use a four-part overview to write the first draft of your mystery.
Use expand, reverse, contract to conquer the mystery novel middle.
Tips to keep the second half of the mystery’s middle from sagging. How to raise stakes and increase tension.
Create a midpoint reversal to add tension, raise the story stakes, and lead the story in a new direction toward the conclusion.
Tips to create the midpoint middle.
The role of the inciting incident in your story structure and how to write one that works.
How to develop Act 2 in the four-act structure to expand your story and get readers invested in the story.