Skip to content

Mysteries – How do we plot them?

I’m writing a novel. Oh, yes. Just like everyone else.

My novel is a hybrid of mystery and thriller. There is a mystery at the core of the story, but there’s a lot of action before it’s solved. Like all good mysteries, the plot needs to take the reader to different places before the mystery is revealed. The plot needs to be good enough that even the most astute mystery reader can’t guess where it’s going.

I think I need to put together a "plot line." Something that shows me the main mystery, several subplots that lead to nothing, and the final revelation. I’ve decide to use a process map to do that.

Business process mapping is a tool that people use to figure out the processes that are in place at companies. Using this method, repetitive steps are revealed, along with places where there is no process. It’s visual which is easy for me to follow.

I’ve just bought a book about plotting. When it arrives, I’ll settle in for a good read. Until then, I’ll create my "plot line."

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *