Every scene needs sensory details. Sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste are opportunities to get your reader to care about your characters.
The relationship between the villain and the victim is the context of your mystery’s puzzle. It’s the primary backstory to create your story.
Clues, Evidence, and red herrings in a mystery explained. Learn the difference to use them well in your novel.
Techniques to make novel scenes unpredictable with omission and surprise.
Mystery readers have expectations. Use these 10 elemental mystery tropes, to give them what they want while writing a great story.
Dialogue is story action. Dig into your characters so they say the words that move the story.
Discover two craft elements that help your readers enjoy your book. Readability provides clarity to even the deepest subject and short paragraphs guide their eyes down the page.
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.
A story idea isn’t a novel yet. Steps to flesh out your idea into a solid novel plan.
Your mystery detective may not need a character emotional arc, but you do need to build emotional connection with your reader.
A strong character background filled with details and scene writing that incorporates emotional dynamics are the key.