Mystery and suspense. How do you write it?
First of all, don’t give away the answer to the mystery. I’m horrible at keeping secrets in my plots. I have to keep reminding myself not to give away the secret! 🙄
Planning a mystery:
To write a mystery, plan plot twists way before you start writing. It really helps and who knows! Maybe you’ll find a few extra twists you weren’t expecting. 😎 Give vague hints about who the real killer or whatever your main bad guy is. Use metaphors! Metaphors are great…and something else like:
The raven perched on the fence. It’s beady black eye watched Eric. It’s eerie caw echoed in the still forest. Why was that ghastly thing following him?
Use short sentences. They build tension. Use strong verbs. Bam! Did you jump? No? Oh, okay… 😉
But, seriously. Short sentences build tension. Use them when your characters are sneaking down a dark alley and there’s a shadow at the end of it. Or when there’s a fight scene. I learned this the hard way.
For both of them:
Have fun! Use your imagination and have fun. Trust me. It makes it so worth while. 🙂