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 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: