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PLANNING & WRITING
MYSTERIES!
CRIME
THRILLERS =
ACTION & SUSPENSE
MYSTERIES = WHODUNNIT?
MYSTERIES = WHODUNNIT?
CRIME
• The What = Crime
• The Who = Suspects/
Investigators
• The Why = Motives
• The How = Method
• The When/Where = Setting
MYSTERIES = WHODUNNIT?
• The What = Flag
• The Who =
Suspects/Three Kids
• The Why = Motives
• The How = Research
• The Where = D.C.
• The What = Jaguar Cup
• The Who =
Suspects/Three Kids
• The Why = Motives
• The How = Research
• The Where = Costa Rica
Planning a Mystery
Planning Mystery
LET’S BUILD A MYSTERY!

CRIME
LET’S BUILD A MYSTERY!
SUSPECT 1
MOTIVE

SUSPECT 2
CRIME

MOTIVE

SUSPECT 3
MOTIVE
POSSIBLE MOTIVES
-Greed/Need
-Love
-Revenge
-Framing someone
-Fame
-Power
LET’S BUILD A MYSTERY!
SUSPECT 1

INVESTIGATOR

MOTIVE

MOTIVE

SUSPECT 2

INVESTIGATOR
MOTIVE

INVESTIGATOR
MOTIVE

CRIME...
POSSIBLE MOTIVES
-Duty
-Fame
-Adventure
-Idealism
-Proving innocence
-Love
-I want my stuff back
LAYING OUT CLUES

Clues => Suspect #1
False clues => False suspects

(Logical explanations)
What?
Who?
Why?

HOW????
RESEARCH: The How?
The Where: Setting
RESEARCH: Setting
How might your
mystery’s setting
inspire plot &
theme?
LET’S BUILD A MYSTERY!
SUSPECT 1

INVESTIGATOR

MOTIVE

MOTIVE

SUSPECT 2

INVESTIGATOR
MOTIVE

INVESTIGATOR
MOTIVE

CRIME...
PLANNING & WRITING
MYSTERIES!
Mystery writing workshop
Mystery writing workshop
Mystery writing workshop
Mystery writing workshop
Mystery writing workshop
Mystery writing workshop
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Mystery writing workshop

  1. 1. PLANNING & WRITING MYSTERIES!
  2. 2. CRIME
  3. 3. THRILLERS = ACTION & SUSPENSE
  4. 4. MYSTERIES = WHODUNNIT?
  5. 5. MYSTERIES = WHODUNNIT?
  6. 6. CRIME
  7. 7. • The What = Crime • The Who = Suspects/ Investigators • The Why = Motives • The How = Method • The When/Where = Setting
  8. 8. MYSTERIES = WHODUNNIT?
  9. 9. • The What = Flag • The Who = Suspects/Three Kids • The Why = Motives • The How = Research • The Where = D.C.
  10. 10. • The What = Jaguar Cup • The Who = Suspects/Three Kids • The Why = Motives • The How = Research • The Where = Costa Rica
  11. 11. Planning a Mystery
  12. 12. Planning Mystery
  13. 13. LET’S BUILD A MYSTERY! CRIME
  14. 14. LET’S BUILD A MYSTERY! SUSPECT 1 MOTIVE SUSPECT 2 CRIME MOTIVE SUSPECT 3 MOTIVE
  15. 15. POSSIBLE MOTIVES -Greed/Need -Love -Revenge -Framing someone -Fame -Power
  16. 16. LET’S BUILD A MYSTERY! SUSPECT 1 INVESTIGATOR MOTIVE MOTIVE SUSPECT 2 INVESTIGATOR MOTIVE INVESTIGATOR MOTIVE CRIME MOTIVE SUSPECT 3 MOTIVE
  17. 17. POSSIBLE MOTIVES -Duty -Fame -Adventure -Idealism -Proving innocence -Love -I want my stuff back
  18. 18. LAYING OUT CLUES Clues => Suspect #1 False clues => False suspects (Logical explanations)
  19. 19. What? Who? Why? HOW????
  20. 20. RESEARCH: The How?
  21. 21. The Where: Setting
  22. 22. RESEARCH: Setting
  23. 23. How might your mystery’s setting inspire plot & theme?
  24. 24. LET’S BUILD A MYSTERY! SUSPECT 1 INVESTIGATOR MOTIVE MOTIVE SUSPECT 2 INVESTIGATOR MOTIVE INVESTIGATOR MOTIVE CRIME MOTIVE SUSPECT 3 MOTIVE How & Where – Research &
  25. 25. PLANNING & WRITING MYSTERIES!

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