Friday, October 5, 2012

Friday Round-Up - #218










Stephen Tremp, over at Breakthrough Blogs, shares an article by Gillian Roberts. She gives the 7 C's of mystery writing. With so many authors introducing an element of mystery into their stories, this might be a good skill to acquire.

Writers: Have you considered including a mystery in your manuscripts? What are some of the pitfalls you've encountered?

Readers: How do you feel about mysterious happenings in your romances or contemporary fiction?

Have a blessed weekend!


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10 comments:

Raquel Byrnes said...

Ooh, I'll have to check out that list! I love using suspense and mystery in my work. Thanks so much for sharing. :)

Dorothy Adamek said...

I'm heavier on the romance, but I do have a slim thread of mystery in there.
I'll have to check this out too. Thanks for the link.
xx

Wendy Paine Miller said...

I write women's fiction but I'm always looking for ways to incorporate suspense. I enjoy reading at the edge of my seat and would love to give my readers a similar feeling.
~ Wendy

Laurel Garver said...

Looks helpful! Mixing real clues and red herrings is a big balancing act.

Loree Huebner said...

I think sometimes it naturally happens in the writing. There always seems to be a little mystery or suspense - even in romance.

DenaNetherton said...

Hi Susan, thanks for posting this. I pretty much follow this list as I write my suspense.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Raquel - I hope the article is helpful.

Hi Dotti - I think a mystery adds tension and danger.

Hi Wendy - I can't wait to read your books when they come out. :)

Hi Laurel - Yes, red herrings make it harder to guess the true culprit.

Hi Loree - It does for me since I'm a SOTP writer. Of course, sometimes I don't know how I'm going to get my heroine out of trouble.

Hi Dena - You're welcome.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Karen Lange said...

Will have to hop over and check that out. Thanks Susan! :)

Happy weekend,
Karen

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Karen -

Have a blessed weekend! Let's try to connect soon.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Linda O'Connell said...

I like suspense more than romance and unexpected is even better, amost as good as chocolate or Dunkin Donuts ;)