Wow. This past week was insane! It started off with really bad migraines, worse-than-normal morning sickness, and extreme tiredness, and ended with me catching the flu, getting really dehydrated from throwing up every half hour to hour, and ending up in the hospital this afternoon to put anti-nausea meds and saline into me through an IV. Phew. Can't wait until I'm better. It hasn't been fun! And the anti-nausea meds make me really, really tired. I'm seriously struggling right now to stay awake.
A note: Last week, Gather wouldn't let me search through recent posts for specific tags. I'm still having the problem today - nothing that has been created recently under my tags is coming up. Hopefully, I'll be able to get in later to find last week's and this week's responses. Thank you so much for your patience.
On to the prompt!
We're focusing on specific fiction genres each week. We've covered:
If you want to write something regarding one of the above genres, click on it, read the prompt, write your post, and link to it in a comment on today's prompt. (I won't find it otherwise, even if you tag it correctly, since I don't monitor the tags after their due date.)
The order in which these genres will be covered:
- Mystery (Today)
- Horror (June 29)
- Science Fiction and Fantasy (July 6)
- Thriller (July 13)
- Crime/Detective, etc. (July 20)
- Inspirational (July 27)
- Humorous (August 3)
- Short Fiction (August 10)
- Westerns (August 17)
If I've missed a genre, see my previous post here regarding how to submit ideas for more genres. Leave a comment on this prompt, letting me know that you've submitted an idea.
Yay for mystery! I can't think about this genre without remembering my love of the many Mary Higgins Clark books, The Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew. How many of you were shaped by these stories?
Ways in which you may respond to this prompt:
- Post something in the mystery genre you've written
- It can be any section of your work, and that section doesn't necessarily have to be an "example" of mystery, so long as the work in its entirety is considered to be that genre.
- It can be any of the subgenres within the mystery market.
- It can be something you're working on and for which you're needing feedback. (Specify if you want critiques. I recommend the first few paragraphs of your book - those are the ones that usually need the most strengthening.)
- It can be something you've already finished/published/don't want to work on more.
- Don't make it too long (if posts are too long, people are discouraged from reading them and lose interest).
More ways to respond:
- Respond to all (or some) of the questions below, giving short answers
- Respond to one of the questions below, giving a long answer
Questions you could answer as a possible prompt response:
- What is your absolute, all-time favorite mystery book? If you don't remember, what are some of your favorites? Or books that stand out to you?
- Which mysteries have you read lately?
- What are the main characteristics of mystery?
- Who is your favorite author in this genre? Why?
- For those of you who write mystery, when did you decide to write it?
- What was the first mystery book you remember reading?
- What is the most difficult part of writing mystery?
What other questions do you want answered or do you think I should ask? Put them in the comments below, or ask and answer them in your post!
You have until Thursday, June 28, 2012 at midnight to write and post, and it can be in any format.
I will read, comment on, and feature your responses a week from today.
* Have your title say FWE or Friday Writing Essential, and have the initials "LFOM" (Let's Focus on Mystery) in it.
* Make sure to post to the Writing Essential Group.
* Put FWE or Friday Writing Essentials and the initials "LFOM" in your tags. (I won't find your post without these tags.)
Have a good week! :-)