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Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J. Cohen

Do you want to write a cozy mystery but don’t have a clue where to start? Or maybe you’ve begun a story but are stuck on the plot? Perhaps you’re already writing a series, and you need tips on keeping your material fresh? Writing the Cozy Mystery will help you develop your characters, establish the setting, plot the story, add suspense, plant clues and sustain your series.

This Agatha Award- nominated Second Edition contains more examples; additional writing exercises; expanded sections; and seven new chapters including The Muddle in the Middle, Romance and Murder, Special Considerations for Cozy Writers, Keeping a Series Fresh, Writing the Smart Synopsis, Mystery Movies, and Marketing Tips. You’ll find everything you need to know in an easy-to-read, clear manner to write your own mystery and maintain a long-running series. Recommended for cozy writers, mystery fans, and fiction writing classes.
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50 Mystery Plot Ideas and Writing Prompts!

Hi, everyone! That inspired me to write this list of prompts — and pieces of plots — for mystery stories. The basic mystery plot formula is pretty simple. Early on, a dead body turns up, a valuable item goes missing, or a puzzle begs to be solved. The reader knows that by the end of the book, questions will have been answered, which is a comforting element in even the most gruesome murder mysteries. The originality and charm, of course, is mostly in the execution.

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Do you enjoy a good whodunit? So do I. This is the fourth in my series of story ideas, by the way. Let us know in the comments. Take fifteen minutes and develop one of these story ideas into at least one scene.

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Writing Prompts. As always, these writing prompts are meant to inspire your creativity. Please feel free to use any of these writing prompts as you wish. The way you flesh out the plot and execute on character development while building suspense will ultimately decide the success of your mystery novel. In fact, bank robbery plot ideas are just a specific type of heist storylines. But in this section will focus on some heist plot ideas that go nowhere near Bank. I for one typically enjoy these types of heists a bit more fascinating.


  1. Ivy H. says:

    As part of our growing list of + Awesome Writing Prompts, this post provides 67 terrific Mystery Writing Prompts and Story Ideas ripe for the taking.

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