The Rule Of Mystery Writing


rulesAs a new mystery author, you will find that there are certain rules that should be followed 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 show the story, instead of telling it to the reader. Keep yourself out of the story and allow your characters to life with each word.

Here are the rules:

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. Also, describing the weather is permitted, if your main character is having a discussion about it with someone. Always use the beginning to capture the reader’s attention and hold their interest, as the story develops.

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 don’t really need them in your story.

Seven: Use dialogue sparingly, since mystery stories don’t 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. The story will become boring as the action and the flow or the story is interrupted.

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.

If you follow these rules, you are bound to write a best-selling mystery novel. It will keep your readers interested and wanting to see what happens in the end. Furthermore, create a sleuth that has a rounded personality with problems and issues. Therefore, when your sleuth solves the mystery, their personality grows also.

Reference:

Leonard, E. (2001) Writers on Writing
Retrieved on the World Wide Web on July 11, 2007
http://www.mysteryinkonline.com/2004/11/10_rules_for_wr.html

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.

 

Reference:

Leonard, E. (2001) Writers on Writing

Retrieved on the World Wide Web on July 11, 2007

 http://www.mysteryinkonline.com/2004/11/10_rules_for_wr.html

The Story of James Bulger: Britian’s Little Angel


James Bulgar

Beautiful Angel Murdered

Who is James Bugler?

I had never heard about this little angel, until the other day when I was on Youtube.com where I found his horrific story. I cried when I heard about what happened to this little boy, who I never knew about until now. James Bulger was a typical two-year-old that is curious about the world around him. His mother’s name is Denise Bulger and. She was married to Ralph Bulger and they have other children together. They are divorced now and dealing with their tragic loss in their own unique way, but they share children together.

James wanders off

She took James shopping inside the Bootle Strand Shopping Center near Liverpool, England. James was at a butcher shop with his mother, but curiosity kicked in a James walked away from his mom. She was paying the clerk, which is when James Bulger went missing. She didn’t realize that he had walked off and the police thought he was lost or trapped somewhere. The police immediately got involved and began searching for the young boy all over the shopping center, as well other places.

James followed his own killers

James met his own killers, just outside of the butcher shop where his mom was paying the clerk. James Bulger went missing on Feb. 12. 1993 and the store’s security camera video show James walking with two young boys. At one point, he was holding the hand of one of his killer’s, which turned out to be Robert Thompson and Jon Venables. Both killers is ten-years-old and they took James for a long torturous walk for about four miles.

Witnesses that the boys manipulated

They could have abandoned him or give James to the many adults who seen them on their aimless walk. Some adult’s asked if the children needed any help, because James was crying for his mom and had marks on him. The boys lied and said that the child was lost and they were taking him to his mother. Yet, they told someone else that he was one of the boys little brother. The three boys continued walking with James and continued to torture the young boy who couldn’t defend himself.

Valentines’ day tears
The three boys finally reached the railroad where the two boys murdered James, by beating him in the head with rocks and an iron pipe. When the boys thought he was dead they decided to cover up his head with bricks. His body was found on Feb 14th 1993 and the toddler had been split in half by the train that hit him. The boys were hoping it would look like an accident caused by the train, but the autopsy proved he had been murdered.

Killers caught by police

The boys were arrested and interrogated by police, until they each finally broke down and admitted to killing James Bulger. However, they blamed it on each other, instead of admitting their individual actions in the crime. These two ten-year-old murderers were tried in court and both received fifteen years, but they only served eight years. The two young adults were given new identities and no one is allowed to photograph them or reveal where they live now.

Life without James

James’ parents had more children together, but they have now divorced and Denise is remarried now with Fergus as a last name. She has three children, but still misses James everyday and harbors hate for the young killers. James mother is trying to create a charity in his name, but the father is stressed and depressed over his loss. Please continue to pray for this family, as they continue struggling with the emotions that will come as they mourn for James.

References:

http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/notorious_murders/young/bulger/1.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/jun/24/james-bulgers-father-depression-stress