Can she weather the storm brewing in the horizon?
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: January, 2017
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What I Like Best About Writing Mysteries
There are several things that make writing mysteries particularly enjoyable. The first is obviously that there is some sort of a puzzle involved. So the writer must come up with a plot that presents a crime that the reader, along with the protagonist, tries to solve. It must be a fair plot, which means that the reader is given all the relevant evidence to solve the crime right along with the main character. There are no last minute surprises or introductions of new characters that make for an impossible-to-anticipate solution. This aspect of the mystery tests the writer’s ability to think in a clear, rational way.
A second requirement for a good mystery is that the main character must be someone the reader cares about. If the protagonist is dull, unapproachable, or dim, the reader will quickly stop caring about solving the puzzle. The ability to develop a fully rounded character poses a new challenge to the writer because he must be able to develop a convincing backstory for the protagonist that makes it understandable why the person is acting as she is in the present. It also requires the ability to emotionally connect with the character and your readers. This can be challenging but also very rewarding to the writer.
Finally, the crime must be solved. Most people who read mysteries want the satisfaction of having order restored in the world by having the criminal caught and punished. In a world where, as we all know, crime all too often does pay, there is a satisfaction about reading about a universe where it does not. I think this also gives a sense of living in an orderly universe to both the reader and the writer.
So I think writing mysteries is particularly satisfying because it challenges the writer intellectually to create a complex but fair plot. It challenges him emotionally to get inside the mind of his protagonist and make her a true to life individual. And finally, it is satisfying morally because it allows the writer to reestablish a sense of justice in the world.
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