Mysteries Offer A Unique Interplay Between Point Of View and Dramatic Tension! In a mystery, the murder usually takes place either before or as the story begins. The character investigating the crime must unravel the mystery and capture the murderer. But make sure your point of view character's personality and life are as fascinating as the plot.
Readers of mystery fiction are looking for a meticulously interwoven balance between your main character's perspective of the world around him or her, and the inner and outer forms of dramatic tension that drive the story forward.
All of the clever twists and turns will fail to capture your reader's attention if they don't challenge and deepen your main character. Inner dramatic tension and character development go hand-in-hand with the unfolding of the outer dramatic tension of the mystery.
How Many Pages Should This Scene Be? You should write at least four double-spaced pages, and up to twenty. This will give me enough to get a sense of your writing and see where your strengths and weaknesses are. I love to work with first draft material, so don't worry about making your scene "perfect".
How To Get Started: Use The Five Ingredients Of The Scene Listed Below! In the next week or so, set aside enough time to write a single scene. To guide you through the writing of this scene, there are picture prompts to use as jumping off points at the top of each of the Five Ingredients pages below.
When You're Ready To Begin Working With Emily, Just Click The Picture Of The Typewriter Below! Completing your scene is a great accomplishment! Once you've experienced working with my Five Ingredients Of The Scene, you'll know whether you'd like to work with me as your writing coach.
Just click the picture to learn what happens during our first session together.