What’s in a Mystery?

Happy Wednesday!

This week’s theme is MYSTERIOUS. The puzzle, characters and settings that spark the reader’s imagination, etc. All the yummy things. Mystery can be genre and it can be a result within another genre.

I’m not a big fan of mysteries or detective stories, but my mother and best friend are. They agree that the best part about their favorite books are the details the author gives them to solve the puzzle. They describe it as a kind of Goldilocks principle: not too much, not too little. Just right.

So I want to ask you, when you are cultivating your mysteries, how much do you cultivate? What do you give your reader to chew on, and what do you let yourself develop?

Is your mystery a mystery even to you? Do you let your writer self surprise you or do you know all the secrets already?

Please share your thoughts but don’t give us all the spoilers 🙂

Reminders:

The deadline for the October Week 2 Contest, THE MYSTERIOUS is Oct. 18, 11:45 p.m. EDT.

If you’re looking for inspiration for the mysterious, check out yesterday’s post here.

The entries for our Week 1 Contest, DARKNESS, are available for your reading pleasure. Please cast your vote by Oct. 15, 11:45 p.m. EDT.

And finally, share your thoughts with us about the value of academia and whether having a degree or not having a degree matters to you here.

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About 409writinglife

Jessica Halsey was born in Arkansas and has lived most of her life in the United States and Panama. She earned a BA in Sociology from Randolph-Macon Woman's College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Would you like to know more?
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