Saturday, March 6, 2010

Before You Write a Mystery (1)

A while back, I wrote a series of blog posts on what to do before you write non-fiction and then what to do before you write fiction. Recently, I was asked to blog about getting ready to write a mystery. This is the first in that series. It's an introduction.

Many of the elements of writing any book are similar. You probably always need an outline of sorts and you need to do some research before you start writing.

Mystery writing has its own preparation. The first step in preparation is to identify what type of mystery you want to write. We'll start in the next session with the different types of mysteries. Your assignment from this blog post is to look through your book shelves and see what types of mysteries you read most often. Consider each novel of the mystery genre that you have read recently and determine how much you enjoyed it.

My suggestion of course will be to write one in the same niche as the ones you like the most. First you must carefully consider those you have read and what you liked about them. Get started on that and we'll talk about types of mysteries next time.

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