Transferring Mystery Writing Skills

10 Comments

  1. Julie Luek
    Julie Luek August 22, 2013 at 9:25 am .

    Oh such fantastic tips. I’ve never tried my hand at writing mysteries, but it’s a genre I very much enjoy reading. Thanks for the post!

    1. Kris Neri
      Kris Neri August 25, 2013 at 7:05 pm .

      Thanks, Julie. It’s a fun genre to write in.

  2. Patricia Stoltey
    Patricia Stoltey August 22, 2013 at 11:10 am .

    Learning to write mysteries appears to be great training for writing in any genre. Thanks for a helpful post, Kris, and thanks a bunch for agreeing to be a guest from time to time on the blog.

    1. Kris Neri
      Kris Neri August 25, 2013 at 7:04 pm .

      Thanks for allowing me to guest blog, Pat. I love sharing ideas with other writers.

  3. Lisa Brown Roberts
    Lisa Brown Roberts August 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm .

    How did you know I switched purses yesterday?! :) Seriously, great advice. Mystery writers are amazing magicians, and I think writers in all genres can learn from their deftness in redirection, hidden clues in plain sight, and intricate plots.

    1. Kris Neri
      Kris Neri August 25, 2013 at 7:04 pm .

      It’s all smoke and mirrors, and it’s great fun to play with them. The principles really do apply to all fiction. Thanks, Lisa.

  4. Sharla Rae
    Sharla Rae August 23, 2013 at 8:53 am .

    Kris, great advice. I don’t write mysteries but it’s easy to see from your explanation how these rules apply to all genres. It’s not easy knowing how much info is too much and too soon in any book. I think what makes it difficult is that we need to show character motivation and the “how much is too much” gets tangled up in that. Thank you fo the timely reminders. :)

    1. Kris Neri
      Kris Neri August 25, 2013 at 7:03 pm .

      Thanks, Sharla. It’s always a judgement call of how much to give. We never want to confuse the reader, but we do want her intrigued.

  5. Anne Randolph
    Anne Randolph August 23, 2013 at 10:40 am .
    1. Kris Neri
      Kris Neri August 25, 2013 at 7:00 pm .

      Thanks, Anne.

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