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What I’m focusing on is my favorite genre.
Elements of writing Mysteries are broken down into: victim, suspects, villain, hero(es)/police, support cast + series potential, clues/red herrings, violence + sex, and setting + cross genre.
Here’s what I try to do with them.
I work out who will die and how my hero will become involved in the crime. Here I determine how/why the person died.
The victim, suspects and villain must have a connection. They’ve all crossed paths and each has left marks on the others. Strong emotions and unresolved issues flow between them, leaving room for confessions, unpleasant truths and/or discoveries. At first everyone has a motive, opportunity and an alibi (several false).
NOTE: I write out the incidents that left the marks and use these as the source of motives.
My crime solving cast will be the hero, best friend, information source, tech guy, nosy neighbor/mother/pain in the neck, possible lover. Now I mix and match and put several of the people together in one character depending on what I need . I usually have three: Hero, best friend (pain in the butt) and information source.
When I’m putting together, my crew of crime solvers I also consider series potential each and every time. They need their own ARCs—goals and hardships—as they assist/hinder the hero.
I include romance and love interests but I choose to close the door on sex and violence. It happens off stage–mostly.
Setting brings with it a possibility of crossing genres. I’ve written fantasy, contemporary paranormal, science fiction, and am trying my hand at magical realism. The core of the story is always a mystery, with a touch of romance.
I’m still striving to improve my craft. While I’m learning and growing, I’m enjoying the journey.
what’s your favorite genre and why?
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