This course is perfect for those who have an interest in either Creative Writing or the Mystery Genre. If you love to write and want to move into this popular genre, or you love to read a great mystery and have often thought you could do it, this course is for you.
Taking you through the process of creating your Mystery, this course begins by looking at the mystery genre itself and examining this type of writing attribute. The course then moves on to helping you become inspired and motivated as you get started. The main part of the Mystery Writing course looks at some of the important elements of a good mystery – the characters, the plot, etc. and helps you to become familiar with all the tools the mystery writer uses to create multi-layered, addictive mystery fiction that a reader just cannot put down. Writing exercises will get your creative juices flowing by bringing out the writer in you and sparking ideas. There are questions after each lesson which will allow you to recap what you have learned and test your knowledge.
The entire course is designed to offer you great information in a way that will get you thinking about your own mystery and personal writing practices. Whatever your age, experience or level of ability, this course constantly challenges and informs you so that your writing can't fail to improve and you will learn how to stay motivated and inspired through the entire writing process. Become the mystery writer you have wanted to be or strengthen your writing abilities with this inspirational course.
Lesson 1 – The Mystery Genre
This lesson looks at what makes a story a mystery, what are the crucial elements of this genre? This first lesson also identifies what genre means and how being familiar with a genre can allow a writer to challenge the conventions of that genre in innovative and original ways.
Lesson 2 – Starting Out
The second lesson deals with the all-important question; ‘Where do I start?’ This lesson aims to look at how you can find and collect ideas that inspire you, moving on to give practical advice on getting that pen to paper for the first time, planning, plotting and brainstorming.
Lesson 3 – Research and Real Life
Research is essential for the mystery writer. It is crucial to be well informed about the time, place and detail of your story. This lesson gives practical tips on where to find your research and furthermore on how to write about real-life mysteries.
Lesson 4 – Storytelling; Plot & Sub-plot
Lesson 4 gives practical advice on how to develop a plot that works. Interweaving subplots can be difficult, so helpful tips and pointers are given to help a writer with any level of experience to blend multiple storylines together. In the mystery genre, plot often needs to be intricate and involving – a difficult task unless organised and structured.
Lesson 5 – Storytelling; Character
Creating meaningful, multi-layered characters is essential to a piece of mystery writing. This lesson shows how characters can be developed and gives instruction on getting to know your characters so that they can be well rounded and three-dimensional. This is crucial for the reader to feel an affinity with those he or she is reading about.
Lesson 6 – Storytelling; Narrative
The perspective a mystery is written from should never be underestimated. The narrator can be a major character in the piece or simply a means of telling the story. This lesson gives advice, not on how a mystery should be narrated, but on what a writer’s options are in terms of telling the story. By knowing your options, you can make the right decision for your own piece of mystery writing.
Lesson 7 – Mysterious elements; the red herring
A red herring is a solution or revelation that solves some part of a mystery, or does it? A red herring misleads the reader, takes them on a wild goose chase. It is a staple of the mystery genre. We look at the dos and don’ts of placing pitfalls for the reader to fall into.
Lesson 8 – Mysterious elements; violence and murder
Violence and murder are staple themes of the mystery novel, but how do you strike the balance between an intriguing crime and gratuitous material. This lesson looks at how a writer can avoid isolating the reader with taking things too far. Getting this right can make your piece of writing accessible to a wider audience and bypasses any sensationalism that could cheapen your work.
Lesson 9 – Mysterious elements; suspense
Suspense is how a writer keeps the reader reading their mystery. To achieve that un-put-downable effect, it is essential that you get the pace of the story just right so that the reader is kept involved and interested. Too slow and they will lose interest, too fast and they will be left behind. Get the speed right and the suspense will follow.
Lesson 10 – Mysterious elements; realism
Without a sense of realism, a mystery story is redundant. This lesson aims to help the writer get across a sense of the real world in their writing by helping them to identify and banish any unrealistic, overly contrived elements in their mystery. A contrived, unrealistic storyline will make the reader disbelieve the story and thus take away the effect the story is designed to achieve.
Lesson 11; Mysterious elements; Revelation
Solving the mystery - when should you do it? How should you do it? This is one of the elements of writing a mystery that writers often grapple with. It is difficult to decide, and every story is different, but this lesson offers some great advice on how to resolve the mystery and satisfy your readers.
Lesson 12; Redrafting a Mystery
Redrafting any work of fiction can be difficult but redrafting a mystery can be particularly testing for a writer. Improving the text without damaging the integrity of the story is a balance that can be tricky to achieve. This lesson gives professional advice on redrafting, editing and maintaining the mystery for writers of mysteries.
Lesson 13; Overcoming Mystery Writer’s Block
Overcoming writer’s block can be a nightmare for any writer of fiction, but this lesson offers practical, useful advice for the writer of mysteries who is lacking in motivation, inspiration or perspiration. Get back on track with these helpful techniques for firing up your imagination and creating some mystery.
|Lesson 1 Assignment||15|
|Lesson 1: The Mystery Genre||11|
|Lesson 2 Assignment||15|
|Lesson 2: Starting Out||12|
|Lesson 3 Assignment||15|
|Lesson 3: Research||12|
|Lesson 4 Assignment||15|
|Lesson 4: Storytelling; Plot & Sub-plot||10|
|Lesson 5 Assignment||15|
|Lesson 5: Storytelling; Character||8|
|Lesson 6 Assignment||15|
|Lesson 6: Storytelling; Narrative||9|
|Lesson 7 Assignment||15|
|Lesson 7: Mysterious Elements; The Red Herring||9|
|Lesson 8 Assignment||15|
|Lesson 8: Mysterious Elements; Violence and Murder||7|
|Lesson 9 Assignment||15|
|Lesson 9: Mysterious Elements; Suspense||10|
|Lesson 10 Assignment||15|
|Lesson 10: Mysterious Elements; Realism||10|
|Lesson 11 Assignment||15|
|Lesson 11: Mysterious Elements; Revelation||10|
|Lesson 12: Redrafting a Mystery||10|
|Lesson 13A Assignment||15|
|Lesson 13B Assignment||15|
|Lesson 13: Overcoming Mystery Writer's Block||10|
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