Mystery stories create tension – you HAVE to read until the end because you NEED to find out WHODUNNIT!
Here are some tips for creating a mysterious mystery.
1. What’s the mystery?
Is something missing? Has something been stolen? Has something weird happened?
2. What’s the solution?
Who is the culprit? How has the mystery being solved? What happened to cause the mystery in the first place?
3. What are the clues?
Reveal some clues between the start and the solution. How will your clues lead to the mystery being solved? Put in a clue that leads nowhere to trick the reader – this kind of clue is called a red herring
Finally – think about who the main character investigating your mystery should be? Why is this mystery important to them?