So I’ve decided that you can absolutely, totally, 100% write a cozy mystery without actually solving the mystery. I mean, who’s going to notice, right? You just stick a good wrap-up at the end about the fragility of life, let the characters contemplate the meaning of death, and BOOM!
What’s that, hypothetical reader? No, you can’t? Well, you don’t have to be so emphatic about it.
I am, what we call in the writing game, “stuck.” I was stuck with this manuscript before, which is why I put it aside in the first place. Here I am, almost to the end of my words, and I can see how I found myself in this spot.
But I’m still not sure how to fix it.
I’m missing something. There are usually clues my subconscious leaves for me in the first-draft process. And I’m short a breadcrumb. Or twelve.
I’m not delusional (mostly). I don’t expect a lot out of a first draft. But it’s got to have a mostly-finished plot.
Unless I want to create some kind of deconstructed literature, though that might be a tough sell as a sequel to a cozy. Any takers?
What’s that hypothetical reader? Sheesh, you’re really in a mood today.
Maybe what I need is one of those transparent boards they work on during montages in television shows, so I can draw a lot of lines and squiggles and arrows, until, eureka! I have it.
Maybe if I shake the manuscript, the end will fall out.
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