Fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart.

18.15: Building a Mystery, Now With More Tools

Back in February, with Episode 18.8, we began exploring the process of writing a mystery story. That episode led us into a series of six episodes about tension, and the tools we use to create and manage it. And now, with this episode (and a toolbox full of tension) we’re ready (we hope!) to revisit the creation of mystery stories.

Credits: Your hosts for this episode were Mary Robinette Kowal, DongWon Song, Erin Roberts, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler. It was recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr., and mastered by Alex Jackson.

Homework: Make a list of the tools you regularly return to while writing (MICE, three-act structure, etc). Now make a list of the tools you know about, but don’t think you use. Try to move one tool from the second list over to the first.

Thing of the week: Into the Light, by Mark Oshiro.

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