#1 Edited by primepower53 (5686 posts) - - Show Bio

So this is part of 's project to teach how to write fan fiction. The following is my advice on how to write a mystery. Feel free to ask for questions and elaboration

So, the main, and best thing you can do when writing a mystery is plan it out first.

I'm dead serious.

Every. Single. Detail.

Plot every move in the mystery, that way during the grand revelation you already know all the clues that are in place. However, don't feel limited by what you have plotted. Feel free to change it up. Just get down the basic idea of having all the clues laid out. However DO NOT FORGET TO PUT THE KILLER OR WHOEVER IS COMMITTING THE CRIME INTO THE STORY. For example, I ran into this problem when I wrote my first mystery, and I didn't want to suddenly have my characters say "you know that guy I never mentioned until now? Yeah, he did it."

WRONG!

If you can't fit him in, throw in a small cameo. Maybe the guy bumps into him for a split second and later realizes who he is. Maybe (like I do a lot) have the character at the crime scene before the murder was officially announced. Make them trip up, but do it subtlety.

Another thing for mysteries is if you're having a killer or what have you, give him a proper motive. It's boring to read stuff like "Oh he did it cause he's insane." or "He'll never talk about why he did it" GIVE THE GUY A REASON TO DO WHAT HE DOES! Whether he does it for Vendetta, he's being blackmailed or what have you. GIVE YOUR VILLAIN A PROPER MOTIVE!

In summary: Plan ahead so all the pieces are there, and make sure you have introduced the character before you solve the mystery, and just for clarification, make the clues make sense. Not one of those way out there mysteries that nobody would have guessed in their right minds. Make it something the reader could guess if they went back to look at it.

I'd like to end on this note: NEVER make the Butler do it. Way to obvious.

And there you have it. How to write a mystery by primepower53

#2 Edited by AweSam (7373 posts) - - Show Bio

Good guide.

Note: You should introduce the main plot (or crime) within the first few chapters. You should also try and introduce the antagonist in the first half of the story. And please DO NOT make your protagonist the culprit. It's so overused.

#3 Posted by primepower53 (5686 posts) - - Show Bio

@AweSam said:

Good guide.

Note: You should introduce the main plot (or crime) within the first few chapters. You should also try and introduce the antagonist in the first half of the story. And please DO NOT make your protagonist the culprit. It's so overused.

very true.

I always like to use the first chapter for the crime, usually discovering a dead body in some place

#4 Posted by primepower53 (5686 posts) - - Show Bio

Let all ye who read this be warned: I am terrible at teaching.

#5 Posted by xxYoungFatexx (99 posts) - - Show Bio

Be confident mate, lol. Terrible teacher or not, you gave some good advice. However, I suggest removing the text from that quote or whatever it is. It hurts my eyes. Anyways, my advice, if I can add anything, would be to decide the ending before you begin anything else. A well-planned twist ending can lead your audience into a fanatical bliss.

#6 Posted by primepower53 (5686 posts) - - Show Bio

@xxYoungFatexx said:

Be confident mate, lol. Terrible teacher or not, you gave some good advice. However, I suggest removing the text from that quote or whatever it is. It hurts my eyes. Anyways, my advice, if I can add anything, would be to decide the ending before you begin anything else. A well-planned twist ending can lead your audience into a fanatical bliss.

yeah I should probably take that out of the quotes.

Yes, I agree with the plan out the ending thing. Though truth be told, I think that might fall under the "plot everything out" tip I gave :P:P:P

#7 Posted by primepower53 (5686 posts) - - Show Bio

@LadyLigeia said:

Very true about planning out every single detail. Writing mystery I find is extremely difficult because your readers are usually very clever so it's important to not offend them with a poorly thought out or overly used plot.

Well done.

thank you

#8 Posted by UnderDogs_OverBoard (1137 posts) - - Show Bio

I am working on a scary story...!!!

#9 Posted by UnderDogs_OverBoard (1137 posts) - - Show Bio

@primepower53: you are the best mystery writer man so I guess you really are the right guy for this JOB!

#10 Posted by primepower53 (5686 posts) - - Show Bio

@UnderDogs_OverBoard said:

I am working on a scary story...!!!

@UnderDogs_OverBoard said:

@primepower53: you are the best mystery writer man so I guess you really are the right guy for this JOB!

aww thank you!

#11 Posted by primepower53 (5686 posts) - - Show Bio

bump

#12 Posted by ghostrider fan1 (778 posts) - - Show Bio

@primepower53: i havent written a mystery before but I do love them! :)

#13 Posted by primepower53 (5686 posts) - - Show Bio

@ghostrider fan1 said:

@primepower53: i havent written a mystery before but I do love them! :)

as do I, my friend. :)

#14 Posted by Project_Worm (3346 posts) - - Show Bio

@primepower53: Short and informative, Good Job!

#15 Posted by primepower53 (5686 posts) - - Show Bio

@Project_Worm said:

@primepower53: Short and informative, Good Job!

thanks be to you :)

#16 Posted by GR2Blackout (2564 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll remember ALL of this when I do a mystery comic soon. I dont wanna give too much today, but just know this:

Batman Noir.

THAT IS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW!

#17 Posted by UnderDogs_OverBoard (1137 posts) - - Show Bio

@primepower53 said:

@UnderDogs_OverBoard said:

I am working on a scary story...!!!

@UnderDogs_OverBoard said:

@primepower53: you are the best mystery writer man so I guess you really are the right guy for this JOB!

aww thank you!

No probs... I mean you really are man...

#18 Posted by primepower53 (5686 posts) - - Show Bio

@GR2Blackout said:

I'll remember ALL of this when I do a mystery comic soon. I dont wanna give too much today, but just know this:

Batman Noir.

THAT IS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW!

O.O I need more.

@UnderDogs_OverBoard said:

@primepower53 said:

@UnderDogs_OverBoard said:

I am working on a scary story...!!!

@UnderDogs_OverBoard said:

@primepower53: you are the best mystery writer man so I guess you really are the right guy for this JOB!

aww thank you!

No probs... I mean you really are man...

wow....thank you so much.

#19 Posted by UnderDogs_OverBoard (1137 posts) - - Show Bio

@primepower53 said:

@GR2Blackout said:

I'll remember ALL of this when I do a mystery comic soon. I dont wanna give too much today, but just know this:

Batman Noir.

THAT IS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW!

O.O I need more.

@UnderDogs_OverBoard said:

@primepower53 said:

@UnderDogs_OverBoard said:

I am working on a scary story...!!!

@UnderDogs_OverBoard said:

@primepower53: you are the best mystery writer man so I guess you really are the right guy for this JOB!

aww thank you!

No probs... I mean you really are man...

wow....thank you so much.

nothing really...

#20 Posted by TDK_1997 (14471 posts) - - Show Bio

That was pretty good.

#21 Posted by primepower53 (5686 posts) - - Show Bio

@TDK_1997 said:

That was pretty good.

thank you!

#22 Posted by 4donkeyjohnson (1630 posts) - - Show Bio

@primepower53 Good work. Occasionally the butler does do it, but who has a butler these days? Only the Queen, Bruce Wayne & Tony Stark as far as I know :)

#23 Posted by primepower53 (5686 posts) - - Show Bio

@4donkeyjohnson said:

@primepower53 Good work. Occasionally the butler does do it, but who has a butler these days? Only the Queen, Bruce Wayne & Tony Stark as far as I know :)

Well, some stories take place in the past so... XD I'm only kidding. Glad you liked it! :D

#24 Posted by Cage_2913_69 (64 posts) - - Show Bio

This is really good. The only thing is i always mess up with clues. Never know what to make them.

#25 Posted by batkevin74 (10423 posts) - - Show Bio

@primepower53: bumpo!