Guest contributor Neil Chase shares tips to write a murder mystery that captivates readers and keeps them guessing.
Category: Mystery writing
We chat to Kickstart your Novel alumnus Dr Bonnie Traymore about her forthcoming mystery novel Killer Motives, the writing and editing process, favorite mystery authors and more.
What is a cozy mystery? How does this mystery subgenre differ from other mystery types? What can you learn from Agatha Christie and more recent mystery bestsellers? Find out.
The cozy mystery takes a gentler, character-focused approach to crime. Read 7 tips for writing cozy mysteries:
Mystery elements are important in all genres, not only whodunits or suspense/thrillers. Here are 5 mystery elements and how you can use them to fill your stories with intrigue:
What are essential components of mystery plots besides suspicion and secrets? What can Arthur Conan Doyle and cult classic TV mystery series teach us about writing better mysteries? Read 7 clues for writing your own engrossing puzzler:
Writing a mystery novel is challenging. It demands a keen sense for plot, characterization and creating suspense. A story that actively engages readers in solving the mystery (or in trying to piece together the narrative threads) needs at least 7 elements: