Mystery Step One: The Crime
Define the crime.
Determine exactly how, when, and where it was committed.
Describe the weapon(s) used.
Describe the condition of the body when found.
Mystery Step Two: The Motive
Define the motive.
Describe why the villain was driven to commit the crime.
Describe what he/she hoped to achieve.
Define the results of the crime.
Mystery Step Three: The Suspect List
Mystery Step Four: List of Clues
CLUE FOUND WHEN/HOW
Mystery Step Five: Red Herrings
FALSE CLUE FOUND WHEN/HOW
In my last post for this series I’ll discuss putting it all together.
All of the brainstorming exercises described in this blog series can be found in my Scrivener template on Google Drive at https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzGNFy181nZiM0J5TGI3WXJyUkE/.
For non-Scrivener users, Personal Noveling Assistant (PNA) pages are at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BzGNFy181nZiczA2aGJrTnN1X2c/.
For more about my stories, check out my author page at http://www.amazon.com/author/lauraewrites/.