Monday, March 4, 2013

Wildfire Mystery

Even though I'm still working on my chopped line novel, I've got another story rolling around in the back of my mind. I'm excited about it. But, I'm also a little nervous because it's a mystery, and I don't know how to write mysteries. I don't feel like I've read very many mysteries other than the Boxcar Children when I was about nine or ten.

So, I went to the library and got a bunch of different mystery novels. I got a couple Nancy Drew books (which are in the children's section of the library--which debunks my whole idea about how children's books need to have main characters who are children...). And I got a couple mysteries by Nevada Barr about a park ranger that goes around solving crimes in national parks (they're adult novels). And I got some weird looking mysteries about Sammy Keyes (also from the children's section).

So far, I think I can do better than Carolyn Keene on writing mysteries (no offense to the Nancy Drew fans out there!). But I also think I'm learning a few things about mystery writing from reading her books--even if she uses the phrase "the young sleuth" way too much.

My mystery is going to be awesome. I already know who my main character/detective will be (sort of) and where it will be set and who some of the suspects are and who the culprit is. I'm super excited.

I don't want to spill too much info because I want to maintain my enthusiasm for it long enough to get it written down, but I'll tell you this much: it will be a middle grade (8-12 yrs) mystery about wildfires.

Do you know any good mystery novels?
Any mysteries involving fire?

Write on!


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