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Ron’s Tip of the Day Mystery Genre

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. This is an experiment in microblogging. Let me know how I’m doing. Today I am looking at Mystery Genre.

One of my jobs at TR Independent Books is to be the Editor for TR Writing Services. I recently edited my wife’s (Tess) debut novel Haney Place Secrets, a mystery. In reading the story my enjoyment of mysteries came to the fore and I decided to write a mystery.

But when I got into writing a mystery, I discovered it was different than other genres. Today I am writing about two differences.

The first one is PACE. In the other genre’s pace quite often is demonstrated in some of these areas: Time, chapter length, and grammar usage. Mysteries are no different. The difference lies in the details, for example:

  • Time seems to cover only days and in some cases hours in mysteries whereas historical and speculative often cover longer time periods.
  • In mysteries the chapters seem to engulf fewer pages within a chapter.
  • Grammar can be used as well. To speed the chapter up you can shorten paragraphs, substitute actionable words for less vibrant words. Rewording sentences can increase the pace.

A second difference is leaving clues. Your goal is to provide the reader real clues to help identify the culprit,  motive or method of the crime. You also want to leave a false trail that covers up the real clues. If they discover the truth early on, they may put the book down and not return. It’s a balancing act.

Tip of the Day: Consider writing mysteries.

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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