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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Why Notebooks Make Great Gifts (& 52 Ways to Fill Them)

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It’s the holidays, and let’s be honest, sometimes brainstorming great gift ideas is hard. But there is one item that comes to mind every year, something I’ve received as a gift myself a few times. It’s super versatile and can be enjoyed by pretty much anyone.

And that item (if the title hasn’t already made it clear) is the notebook. That’s right. Those sheets of paper bound together that hold all your ideas and creative thoughts.

I recently finished my digital notebook experiment and it’s really reinvigorated my love for notebooks and stationery. I firmly believe that notebooks make a really versatile and reliable option for gifts. So I set out to brainstorm how many ways you could use them to prove that very idea.

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NaNoWriMo Tip: It's Not About Winning

It’s the final countdown. The end of the month is upon us, and unless you happen to be a couple thousand words away, this might be where your NaNo journey ends. It’s also the last Friday of the month, so it’s time for my final NaNoWriMo tip.

This ‘tip’ is really more of a nugget of advice, and a lot of it was pulled from a post on my old Tumblog, but it still holds true, and I think it bears repeating at the end of NaNoWriMo.

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NaNoWriMo Tip: Beat the Word Count Trap

This tip is a weird one, and it’s the result of a recent discovery. Not long ago I purchased an Alphasmart after seeing other writers rave about it online. I’d always wanted to try one, but it wasn’t until this year that I decided to give it a go. I found a cheap one on Amazon, and when it arrived two days later I immediately headed to a local coffee shop to give my new toy a spin.

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NaNoWriMo Tip: Keep Up Your Momentum!

It’s the third Friday of November, which means it’s time for yet another NaNo tip! This one comes after a very rough couple of weeks for me, so you can bet that I’ll be employing some of these suggestions in the second half of the month!

Every time I’ve lost NaNoWriMo, it’s because I stopped writing for a couple of days, lost the momentum I had built up, and struggled to build it up again. You let yourself get carried away by other responsibilities, and you don’t make time for writing. And the longer you spend away from the writing, the easier it becomes to ignore and the harder it becomes to get back into it. Don’t let this happen to you. It is very hard to bounce back if you’ve let yourself slack off for the better part of the month.

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NaNo 2019: Character Aesthetic: “Adin”

It’s time for another character aesthetic from my NaNoWriMo novel! A couple days ago I introduced you to one of the main characters, Cerah, and today we’re doing the second main pov character – Adin.

His aesthetic was significantly harder to put together, even though I know more about his personality and backstory. Trying to find the right pictures was a challenge. I think Cerah’s came together much faster. I spent hours toying with his, but I think I found a result that I’m okay with.

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