8 Tips For Writing A Mystery Novel [NaNoWriMo 2017]

Sorry for missing Friday…I was ill and since I’m still recovering I didn’t feel up to a Monday blog post. However rather than let you all down again, I thought I’d reblog this awesome post by the lovely Rachel Poli. Enjoy and check out her blog!

Rachel Poli

I’m not writing a mystery novel for NaNoWriMo this year, but I’m sure you know how much I love mystery and that I do write a lot of it.

I run a Mystery Month on this blog and 9 times out of 10, I write a mystery for NaNo. So, if you’re writing a mystery novel this month, here are some tips.

8 Tips for writing Mystery

1. Do your research.

It sounds a bit weird to research how to hide a body or how long it takes a body to start to smell if left out for too long. Still, you should fact-check. Despite it being fiction, you should always have that little bit of truth in there. Know what you’re talking about and when your characters are investigating a crime, do the real world some justice.

2. Know your genre and sub-genre.

There are so many different sub-genres of mystery. You’ve got your…

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12 thoughts on “8 Tips For Writing A Mystery Novel [NaNoWriMo 2017]

  1. I hope you get better soon! I hate how illness ruins everything. Some fantastic tips, thank you for sharing them. I find mystery novels the most intimidating to write, right next to children’s novels! I’ll definitely be applying these! Thank you

    • Thanks, I am (slowly) getting better. Yeah illness does ruin everything. You sit in bed, feeling like death well aware that a stack of to do errands and projects are slowly growing each day you take off.

      Rachel does have some great tips, I think mysteries are difficult to write so it’s good to get some advice from others 🙂

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