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How To Research Properly For Your Mystery Novel [Mystery Month]

Something has come up and I can’t complete today’s post. However, rather than not post, thought I would share this article by Rachel Poli about mystery writing. Enjoy and do check out Rachel’s other posts.

Rachel Poli

For me, the writing process is pretty straightforward and fairly simple. I outline, then I write. Then I edit and rewrite and so on and so forth.

During the outlining part of the process, that’s when I do the bulk of my research. When it comes to writing about mystery, there’s a lot of research to do.

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Who is who

One thing I always look up is ranks of the people in law enforcement, what their job entails, what tools they use, and what day to day life is like for them while working.

For example, I’ll research a coroner and figure out where they typically work, what tools they use to examine bodies, the paperwork they draw up, what they do day in and day out, and more.

The same goes for a detective, police chief, forensic scientists, and more.

How to kill

Yes, we all have to research…

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Things To Consider When Researching For Your Novel

Research is a big part of being a writer.  You might have a wicked talent for creating characters, threading plot-lines and scoring dialogue but if you do no research then you work will probably have some holes. Some writers love research, others hate it.  I flash between the two depending on my mood. Now, my personal rule is that any writer worth their salt who WANTS to be published someday has a good collection of reference books in their home.  Or knows intricately the layout of the reference section in their local library.