Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Picturing A Mystery

Every writer starts with this...

But if you write mysteries, you'll be dealing with this...

Of course, you have to have your this...

and your this...

And then, there's your this...

But he could look like this...

or even this...

And although the dreadful deed could be committed in a place like this...

It could also take place in a place like this...

After all, we all want our readers to do this...
NOT this...

Oh...and don't forget to add this...

Just kidding.
Or, am I?


  1. Or are you? Great questions. I get the picture.

  2. Elspeth - You've certainly captured all of the pieces of the mystery novel. Especially the cuddly monster. I'm still trying to figure out how to put one of those in my WIP....

  3. Clarissa; I'm glad! I?

    Margot; I'm still trying to figure it out too...the thought just amuses me to a very great degree.

  4. Damn, I left the cuddly dragon out of WILS! (I knew we were missing something...)


  5. Dragons!
    Note to Self: Add dragons.
    Drat the dastardly debonair dragons.

  6. Elisa; I'm sure it's wonderful even without the dragon. Or...maybe you could put a small model of one in the coffee shop. Look! More edits! And you thought you were done...

    Carol; Debonair dragons are delightfully dreadful.

  7. Well, when I finally get around to writing my pulp mystery serial adventure, it won't have dragons, but I am considering giant carnivorous roly-poly bugs....

  8. Daring Novelist; That sounds magnificent. Please tell me they have to wear glasses.

  9. ... but *I* definitely prefer the first setting! (Though I may sometimes settle for your more ordinary house).

  10. I love stories told with pictures and captions. Great post!

  11. I'm sure your cats will thank you for adding the dragon... ;)

  12. Dorte; There's always a place for a spooky house!

    Charie; Why, thank you! And thanks for leaving a comment - hope to see you again!

    Laura; My cats seldom thank me for anything; but I think they'd approve of the dragon.

  13. Excellent, as always. I may be a day late, but I love starting my day with your clever posts.

    Terry's Place
    Romance with a Twist--of Mystery

  14. Terry; *blush* Thank you! Have a great Thursday!


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