Five Tips for Writing a Mystery

5 tips for writing a mystery novel

Writing a mystery is very different from other kinds of fiction.

I’ve been writing for a long time. Since I was a kid I’ve been telling stories. Maybe that’s why I take it for granted sometimes. It feels very natural to step into a story and have a ‘feel’ for what needs to happen and when. I’ve spent years writing fantasy (with a bit of sci-fi on the side), so I guess starting this project had me underestimating just how different the genre of mystery was.

For a little context, after I announced last year that I would be self-publishing my first book in 2020, I began work on a near-future science fiction mystery novella that I still haven’t decided on a title for. Geek that I am, the science fiction part of it came rather naturally, but what I found to be a real challenge was the mystery.

I love a good mystery. It’s my favourite genre after fantasy and sci-fi, and I’ve been reading it since I was little. You would think that would make you well equipped to write it, but as it turns out, writing a good mystery is actually very difficult.

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4 Lessons Learned After One Year of Blogging

While Alyssa Lost in Space might only be a year old, the truth is that I’ve been blogging for a long time. I mentioned this when I discussed my reason for starting a blog, but I’ve been blogging on and off since 2010. That’s a loose decade of experience right there.

And yet I don’t think I learned as much in those first nine years as I did last year. I thought, as my blog’s first birthday has just passed, that it would be a good time to reflect on this past year and to consider what I’ve done, what I’ve learned, and how that might help me going forward

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My 2020 Bullet Journal Spreads

Even though I don’t keep the most traditional bullet journal, I do draw a lot of inspiration from the bujo community and I like to use spreads to track things and keep myself organized. There’s always a handful I like to include in my notebook, and since I recently moved into my new Moleskine, I had a chance to re-evaluate those bullet journal spreads and choose what I wanted to use going into 2020!

That being said, I’m always looking for new bullet journal ideas to add to my system, so I’m not starting the year with too many but I’ll certainly adapt and add to what I have as the year goes on.

I like to keep my bullet journal spreads simple and minimal. I love the beautiful, artsy bujos you see on Instagram, but I just don’t have the patience for that. And I tend to like a clean and uncluttered look. I’ve tried to do the fancy stuff, but I always go back to a more minimal bullet journal style. So that’s how I’ve set up my notebook for 2020. Check out my bullet journal setup below!

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One Year, Twelve Books

No, that doesn’t mean I’ll be writing twelve stories over the next twelve months though that is definitely an interesting idea. I’ll save that for another time.

I’m on a mission this year, to knock off some of the books on my TBR that I’ve wanted to read for ages and have just never ‘found the time’ or had the courage to dive into.

I have a terrible habit of taking out books from the library and neglecting the stuff I actually own. So I figured I’d assign a book to each month, and divide it evenly between my science fiction and fantasy.

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2020 Most Anticipated

A new year means new content, and I love taking a look at all the books, games and movies that are going to be coming out over the next twelve months.

Compared to previous years, however, there isn’t as much capturing my interest. There are a lot of sequels coming out for series I haven’t read and there aren’t any big games I’m really excited about. That being said, there are a few books and games coming out this year that I’m hyped for even if it isn’t as much as in previous years. Movies are the one area that looks pretty lacklustre this year, so I’ve skipped that category this time.

Onwards, to my most anticipated books and games of the year 2020!

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3 Goals for 2020

Happy New Year, everyone! Welcome to the year 2020. We’re in the future now. Flying cars are right around the corner, and science fiction is now science fact.

Well, no. Not really, but when you say 2020, it certainly gives you that vibe, doesn’t it?

Anyway, it’s the beginning of a brand new year. 365 days of possibility. The air is brimming with optimism and passion. I touched on this briefly only last week. The energy this time of year, is to me at least, infectious.

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