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|Question for the Month of August
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August 3 question - When you set out to write a story, do you try to be more original or do you try to give readers what they want?
Readers of genre fiction have expectations when they begin reading a story. I did not know that when I first began writing. I write cozy mysteries. The "rules" for this special kind of tale in the mystery genre are:
**The protagonist is a smart, strong woman determined to solve the mystery. However she is not in law enforcement, but usually has a connection to someone who knows about crime like a detective, policeman or Private I (Eye?).
**The location is in a quaint town and often the main character has pets.Pastor Christine in Dangerous Sanctuary has a cat, a pig and a kangaroo.
**The cozy mystery is more of a fun, entertaining read rather than hard-core, gory crime scenes
**No open-door bedroom scenes. However, according to cozy-mystery.com, a spicy scene seems to be more acceptable to readers these days.
**The fast-paced plot is filled with twists and turns and has to have red herrings and surprises so readers can enjoy unraveling the mystery.
**As with any story ending, the author has to tie up all the loose ends with believable explanations.
As long as these criteria are met, I think there's lots of room to play with and have fun writing original ideas anytime.
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