A Mystery Novel: Working With The Five Ingredients Of The Scene
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.
The Mystery Novel and The Five Ingredients Of The Scene: I’ve put together the series of picture prompts below to introduce you to the power of The Five Ingredients.
Point of View
Setting and Mood
Whenever a new student begins this exercise, we always start with Point of View!
A Mystery Novel: The Five Ingredients Of The Scene
Point Of View: Who is the man taking photos from the car? Is he the detective or the murderer? What is he viewing, and how is it important to the crime or the solving of the crime?
Is someone else watching the man with the camera? Is he being set up? What are his thoughts, feelings, and memories as he sits in the car taking photos? Are the person or people in the photos he's taking a part of his own life, or is this just a job? It all depends on point of view!
Point of View puts you inside your main character's head, heart, and gut — you see the world through the eyes of your character. Point of View is one of the most liberating techniques in fiction writing. It gets you out of yourself and into your character’s imagination, heart, history, and instincts.