Up to this point, I’ve primarily talked about writing fantasy in this blog, but another favorite genre for me is mystery. I’ve written mysteries and I love the puzzles they bring along with the story. Perhaps next week I’ll write a little about the mystery genre.
For instance, in the book I’m writing now, I had the murderer all figured out when I outlined the story. But try as I might, I couldn’t think of a single reason why this person would do such a crime against the victim. Back to the drawing board, as they say!
When I figured out all the signs I’d planted throughout the book, the solution came to me, so now I’m rewriting the final quarter of the book to make it clearer to me as well as to the reader. Now it all makes more sense to me, and I honestly don’t know how I missed seeing it as I wrote.
Isn’t that the way with Life? Too often we think we have it all figured out, only to realize that we have been on a different path all along. In writing a book, we can go back and edit the story. How do we edit our lives when we realize we need to make a few changes in order to keep going?