Evening, writers! Don a deerstalker cap, light a pipe, and find a magnifying glass. It’s time to flex our creative muscles and write a mystery! Here’s this week’s prompt:
“The Atlas Pursuit is David Wise’s debut novel in which a fictionalized version of actress Patricia Neal hires a private detective to help her unravel a mystery. The novel uses true details from Neal’s life, including the fact that she was once married to author Roald Dahl, who was a British pilot and spy during World War II. In order to solve riddles and unlock chapters of the interactive digital book, readers can use online research supplemented by visits to public New York City landmarks connected to Neal and Dahl’s lives. Think of several public landmarks located in your city, and integrate them as clues or red herrings in a short mystery story. How does zeroing in on the small, specific details of familiar landmarks imbue your story with a layer of suspense or tension?”
Now, if you’re like me, you’ve never written a mystery before. Challenge accepted. Check out here and here for advice and inspiration, and here for a list of mystery subgenres—because there are quite a few.
The game is on!