I have a deadline approaching fast, so I'm having to tear myself away from watching the Olympics (GO CANADA GO), knuckle down and get to work. Luckily, I know how this mystery game will go. I've already:
- Named all my characters and know each of their motives. (all 13 of them!)
- Researched my setting and the time period.
- Decided what pieces of 'evidence' need to be created to add an extra element to the game.
- Know who's lying and who isn't.
- Know who's the guilty party.
- Know where to add a bit of humour. (I find it impossible not to).
As organized as this sounds, there is some wiggle room. Once I start actually writing the clues for the game, it becomes like writing a novel - strange things start to occur and characters infer things I haven't thought of. Bonus for me, and it adds interest to the game.
I know many of you don't prepare this much when you write. You have my boundless admiration. But for me, it's like colouring. I need that outline before I can feel free to pick my colours and go a little wild. Staying in the lines makes the picture clear. I'm not writing an abstract, I'm writing a mystery.
It might be funny, it might be odd, but it has to make sense.