Unlike other novels, the mystery’s villain must stay hidden until the final reveal. Here’s how to keep them secret until the end.
A reversal at the midpoint points toward narrowing the focus in the second half of the middle.
How to develop Act 2 in the four-act structure to expand your story and get readers invested in the story.
Techniques for balancing plot and character by planning and then writing scene-by-scene.
Three proven ways to kickstart each writing session so you don’t waste time staring at a blank page.
How to build tension and heighten reader engagement with moral choices.
The genre differences between mystery, suspense, and thriller. Plus ten mystery elements you need to include in your mystery novel.
Why mystery readers don’t want more after the puzzle is solved.
The three components of every scene in your story. How to check you scene if it doesn’t feel right.
Learn the techniques of character goals and feelings to write dialogue unique to each character that creates tension in your mystery.