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7 Story Structure Weaknesses That Will Collapse Your Mystery Novel (via Global Mysteries)


7 Story Structure Weaknesses That Will Collapse Your Mystery Novel Nancy Curteman’s blog is well worth the reading for writers of any kind, not just mystery writers. Follow the link to read the whole article and other earlier posts.

Story structure is the underlying framework that supports your entire mystery novel. Not everyone agrees on the exact model for story structure but no one disagrees with the fact that weaknesses in story structure can cause your novel to collapse. Here are 7 weaknesses to avoid. 1. A weak protagonist. Within the first few pages, mystery readers need to know who the sleuth is. Early in the novel they also need to know that the character’s goal is … Read More

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4 Responses

  1. I think it’s become one of the hardest genres to write; there are so few new plots.

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  4. …..This is also posted on .Members of the S started a discussion recently about the structure of the short story. So much has been said and written about the structure of a novel even whole books devoted to mystery thriller and suspense structure but I hadnt ever paused to consider the structure of the short story before that.But Im sure all short story writers should!The first posting gave the opinion that short stories have two forms vignette and mini-novel. It goes on to talk about other structure points too.The second reference says the five parts are exposition rising action climax falling action and denouement.

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