Tips-12 Mistakes in Mystery Writing

Tips-12 Mistakes in Mystery Writing

The Hill Team has not written mysteries – we avidly read them. There are certain attributes of the authors that consistently draw us in and certain ones that turn us off.

In the Oct. 2008 issue of The Writer Magazine, on page 26, there is an article called, “The Deadly Dozen.” This article covers the 12 mistakes in mystery writing and it certainly hit our turn offs including:coincidence or act of God; concealed clues; plot-hearding characters; false starts; false finish; superfluity of viewpoints; stereotypical sidekicks;zigzag timeline; fa la la, gathering clues; overstaying your welcome; and the small stuff.

We highly recommend you check out this issue if you are into the mystery genre.

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  2. First off I would like to say wonderful blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you do not mind… I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your head prior to writing.. I’ve had a tough time clearing my mind in getting my ideas out… I truly do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are wasted just trying to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions or hints??? Many thanks.

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