The Rules for Mystery Fiction Writing

My favorite reference book when writing my mystery novels.

My favorite reference book when writing my mystery novels.

As a new mystery author, you will find that there are certain rules, which you must follow when writing your novel. Read other mystery novels, in order to familiarize yourself with the rules and see how other writers incorporate the rules. Each resource will word or list the rules differently, depending on what website or reference book that you consult. There are many websites, which list tips and advice for new mystery authors.

Always use the beginning of the story to capture the reader’s attention and hold their interest, as the story develops. If you follow these simple rules, you will finally be able to write that best-selling mystery novel.  The story must keep your readers interested and compel them to see what happens to the main character at the end of the story. Furthermore, create a sleuth that has a rounded personality with problems and issues. Therefore, when your sleuth solves the mystery, their personality grows also.

Keep yourself out of the story and allow your characters to come to life with each word. Here are ten mystery writing tips that will help you get started from Mystery Ink Online.

     First: Never open your story, by describing the weather unless you are trying to create an atmosphere. Try to be brief in your description of the setting or you will bore your readers and lose their attention. In addition, describing the weather is permitted, but only if the main character is discussing the weather with a friend.

Second: You will want to avoid adding a prologue, because they are unnecessary and annoying. Actually, prologues usually belong in non-fiction writing, but there have been exceptions to this rule.

Third: Use only the verb “said”, when carrying dialogue between the characters. This way, the author stays out of the story and the characters take the lead.

Fourth: You should never use an adverb that modifies the verb…said. Since, it will disrupt the flow of the  words and make the story hard to understand.

Fifth: Always limit the amount of exclamation points that you use, to only two or three per every 10,000 words. This way, your dialogue stands out for each the reader, without the use of the exclamation point.

Six: Don’t words like “suddenly” or all hell broke loose”, since you do not really need them in your story.

Seven: Use dialogue sparingly, since mystery stories do not need much dialogue between the characters

Eight: Never describe your characters, since the characters should remain a mystery also. You should give them a voice, which speaks throughout your writing.

Nine: Try not to use too many details in describing the settings the characters are in.

Ten: Always omit the parts of the story, which you think that a reader will skip. A good mystery novel should keep the reader on the edge of their seat and begging for more.



Leonard, E. (2001) Writers on Writing

Retrieved on the World Wide Web on July 11, 2007

Father’s Day Gifts on a Budget

Father's Day Ideas

Father’s Day Ideas

Buying gifts on any budget can be easier than you think, since there are thousands of presents you could choose from. However, Father’s Day is not about giving expensive gifts and going broke celebrating. In this economic downturn, many families won’t have extra money to spend on a gift for their father. So, here are some ways to give dad a special day, which shows him how much you adore him.

I Have No Money

Take a moment to think about some homemade crafts that you can do, with the items you have at home already. Try collecting pictures and building a collage of your father’s life, which he will cherish always. Additionally, you could make a bookmark with your favorite picture and something special written on it to him. Be creative and you can make something special for him out of every day household items, without spending a dime.


I Have $20

Consider visiting the nearest dollar store and making a gift bag full of goodies that dad would enjoy. You can find many unique, yet practical items and product that would be perfect for a Father’s Day gift. Furthermore, you could start a new tradition, by visiting the local store and buying the ingredients needed to make his favorite inexpensive meal. Also, do not forget to invite the whole family and you could ask them to bring a favorite dish with them.


I Have $50


Think about the best way to celebrate Father’s Day, with the money you have on hand to spend. Maybe you could invite him to enjoy a dinner and a movie with you, by making him a homemade invitation with tickets enclosed. In addition, you could surprise him with something that he needs for a hobby or a project. This type of gesture will mean a lot more to him, just because it came from you.


I Have $100


Ask him if there’s anything he has dreamed of learning or doing, yet he never got a chance to do it. He may dream of taking lessons about golfing, skydiving, tennis, or flying an airplane. Give your father a gift certificate or a ticket to an event he has always wanted to see. Then, you can help him chase his own dreams and he will enjoy every moment of it. So, think about ways that you can help him achieve something he has always desired.


In conclusion, no matter how much money you have to spend, you can find the perfect gift with a little bit of creativeness. Think of items within your budgeted amount and decide if it should be a homemade or store bought gift. In your heart, you know that he will appreciate the gift, just because it comes from you. Therefore, give your dad a gift that he will remember and treasure for a lifetime.









Do-It-Yourself Advertising Campaign

advertisingAre you trying to reach a certain audience or is your product multicultural? Does your audience have special needs or special desires? Will your audience understand your product or how to use it? The most important part of advertising; is finding the right audience for your product. Advertising can make your company successful and allow you to sell your product. All advertising should be family friendly and easy to understand, in order to sale your product.

Television & Radio

Did you know that television advertising can be very expensive to produce, but it can reach a larger group of people at once? First, you need new commercials that will need a few actors to demonstrate your product. Radio advertising is another great form of advertising, which can help promote your new business. Thousands of listeners tune in everyday to each radio station, so you may want to advertise with more than one station.

Satellite & Internet

Today, there are millions of customers around the world, who are tuning into satellite radio and television. This form of advertising can boost your businesses profit, but it can get very expensive for a small business. The internet is another advertising venue, which can reach millions of potential customers at one time. Additionally, you can build a webpage and use social networking sites to promote your new business.

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