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    Armchair Queen


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    Post by Armchair Queen on Wed Oct 20, 2010 4:14 pm

    I love detective novels. I once checked out a "how to book" on writing the same.
    I was able to sketch out a plot, develop characters etc.
    My problem was I couldn't come up with a prolonged or interesting sleuthing trail.
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    Post by Jamie on Wed Oct 27, 2010 11:15 pm

    I guess it would help me a little more if you could flesh out what you mean. Did you find the obfuscation you were coming up with . . . too far fetched, implausible, irrelevant to the extreme?

    I'm fairly clever when it comes to being deceptive, though it's not something I try to embrace with any vigor. Wink However I'm not above using a falling grand piano as a distraction in a story--cliche as it may be--if I can somehow insinuate the piano's relevance in some other way into the plot.

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    Post by Armchair Queen on Fri Nov 05, 2010 12:22 pm

    Since I knew who did it, I couldn't figure out how to keep the sleuth occupied for an entire novels worth of pages trying to figure it out.
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    Post by Harklight on Sat Nov 06, 2010 4:22 pm

    Lol, your readers don't necessarily guess "who did it". If they fit, footsteps in dark alleyways, feeling watched on excursions, etc are not quite red herrings but they (or similar) extend the story-line without being unnecessary padding. Events in the sleuth's office, home or family life can be used in much the same way. I hope you try to finish your novel. Good luck. H x

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