Have you ever wondered if you could write a mystery novel? Do you want to give it a go? Then follow the advice and tips below to write one! Remember: NEVER GIVE UP! BE PREPARED, DETERMINED AND IMAGINATIVE!
Make yourself nice and comfortable, make sure you’ve got everything (pen, pencil, notebook, etc.
) and you’re ready to start! Make sure the room has a computer in it and is well lit! Why not get even more comfort by using your laptop? Making sure that you are in a comfortable environment is the main factor for doing anything productive. If you are prone to distraction, clear away anything that could distract you.
Take your ideas and start planning.
Grab a pen/pencil and paper and jot down any ideas you’d like for your mystery novel. Remember, don’t force yourself to come up with ideas. You won’t enjoy writing the plot. Find inspiration from things that you like: music, paintings, other stories, poetry etc.
Make sure you don’t stress yourself if you can’t think of any straight away. You’ll come up with some really good ideas whether it be in your sleep or when you are travelling. Anything can trigger a good and creative idea. You don’t have to plan every single detail, just have some rough ideas and a good idea of what might happen, in your story.
Don’t forget the name! Do you want a series or just a random collection of mystery novels which aren’t linked? Be thoughtful and imaginative; however, you could leave the title ’til last. Some writers find it handy to have a title at the top of the screen to remind them of what they’re writing but if that doesn’t work, you could always come up with a title at the end of the writing journey. It’s okay to change the title as well.
When you’ve written down some ideas, think of how they’ll develop, and write a rough sketch of the story plot, characters and development.
Again, when writing, you don’t always have to stick exactly to each detail – if there are bits that you are willing to change then change it.
Make sure your ideas make sense and sound good, then you can move onto the next step. Since you are writing a mystery novel, add loops and plot twists into the storyline. You want to keep the reader guessing.
Start adding details to the description and plan, of the main components of the story:
Plot development and your character’s personas.
Detail helps to develop a character’s personality and it shapes who they are. Write as much detail as you can. Tell the reader how your character(s) move, what their backstory is (if they have one) and what their habits are. The more detail you have on the environment, characters and plot, the more realistic the story is going to be.
Once you are fairly satisfied and understand things a lot better about your story, you can take a small break, and move onto the next step.
Do a little bit of exercising or have a small snack in between each writing session.
If you feel as though are forcing yourself to write then give yourself a longer break. Writing should be something that you like to do not something you feel as though you are obliged to do.
Edit anything you’ve done so far, to make it to your liking!
Make sure the story:
Is suspenseful and mysterious by adding plot twists, loops and anticipation.
Makes sense – so reread each chapter before moving on to the next one.
Is thoughtful and imaginative and not dull. Use adjectives, adverbs etc.
Is in your style and not somebody else’s. A piece of writing is personal to both the writer and the reader; however, the reader’s link to the writing is that it’s their own style. The reader can relate to a piece of writing on a more emotional level.
Is spelt correctly and doesn’t contain any grammar mistakes, punctuation errors etc.
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Introduce Dialogue and Interaction
Now is a great time to think about how your characters may react, or interact with certain characters in the story. The character’s dialogue should be made interesting and relates to the story. Each character should be unique just like humanity.
Once you’ve established this and made the basic notes of character dialogue, interaction and personality, you can rest your brain and take a little break.
Do a full edit of the details.
Here’s a tricky part. Edit all the details to your liking, and follow all the steps and advice we’ve gone through so far.
Make sure you’re satisfied with everything.
Think about amounts of chapters and whether there’s going to be any twists or surprises.
Write in a font that makes you comfortable. The font doesn’t have to link to the story in any way, YOU are the writer and so it is your choice as to which font you want to use.
Now, use the software to start writing your story.
Remember tips and everything and use all your notes to contribute to the story. You can write down more notes if it’s all too much for you.
Give yourself a huge pat on the back for writing the story!
Congratulations! Whether big or small, long or short, your story is as good as ever!
Give yourself a rest etc.
Again, do not force yourself to write. It won’t make the process any faster nor will you enjoy it.
Review your story.
Now is the time to rewrite your story, take a break and just make sure it’s all in shape! Why not plan it all again? How about some more editing?
Proofread your story.
Reread your entire story and read some parts to others. If they have some advice for you, you should take it. Make sure the edits are done carefully and not rushed.
Do the final touches.
Illustrate, print and get in contact with publishers!
If you want to be a famous author, you’ve got to let others know; however being famous is not why people get into the writing career.
Illustrate, read it all through and publish!