I have done a lot of studying to build the details for the mystery novel brewing in my mind. I am learning a lot so I can bring an entertaining story to life. I need to know the best way to reveal details about the victim, what makes my killer break, and the life of a special investigator. With this growing list of facts needed for my story, I am beginning to realize how clueless I am when it comes to writing a mystery novel.
I think the best way for me to face my problem is by stepping away to take a “working-break.” Rather than writing, I will be reading a few mysteries to help me understand the feelings I want my mystery to create. There are a lot of risks taking this step and those risks might be the biggest problems with this plan.
There are tons of articles out there stating how bad of an idea it is to read other authors’ novels for help. What if you copy details of the books you read? What if you forget your story’s original details? What if you copy a character? What if, what if, what if? Those are risks every author takes when they begin writing any story. It doesn’t matter if you’re writing a mystery novel or a children’s book. It is the author’s responsibility to know their story is truly their own story.
There’s nothing wrong with admitting a need for more help. And sometimes even after all the research we are forced to let our ideas go and try something new. I’m only hoping I can make it through this little challenge. I’m ready to examine my Shame List of 2017 to start reading some mystery novels. It’s been a while since I’ve read a good book anyway.
Have you read other novels for help on your own?