Congratulations! You’ve picked one of the reading world’s all-time favorite genres. And with all the subgenres, you have loads of opportunities and choices when writing a murder mystery.
Although there’s room for a LOT of variety in this genre, the overall structure is pretty consistent.
In this guide on how to write a murder mystery, we’ll show you what makes mystery a great choice for your first debut as a fiction author — especially if you enjoy reading and watching them.
You probably have your favorites, too. And the more you learn about how to write mystery, the better sense you’ll have of which subgenre you want to focus on.
Let’s cover the basics before we get down to business.
Writing a Murder Mystery
Writing a murder mystery can be just as fun as reading one. Sometimes, it’s even more fun.
Sure, it’s more work. It’s on you to make sure the reader doesn’t regret buying your novel instead of someone else’s.
And there’s plenty of work involved in not only writing your mystery but also editing and revising it — not to mention everything you’ll do to get it ready for publication.
But when you’re done, and your first reader tells you, “You kept me guessing until the very end! I LOVED this story! This is the first of a series, right? … Right??” you’ll know it was worth it.
And the more you learn how to get that kind of response from a reader, the more fun you’ll have cranking out one murder mystery after another.