I love to read mysteries. I love to be amazed, astounded, and completely mystified by the events as they happen. How did that amateur sleuth think that, or solve this problem? I love twists and turns. The more the better. And unexpected events? Oh, my!
But, since I’m a writer, I’m thinking all the time—how did the author come up with that? She’s good. (Or he.)
Okay, since I’m a writer, I’m also thinking—how the heck am I going to come up with all those twists and turns for my work in progress? Gee, I’ve done it before. Can I do it again? There’s always the advice, that when you come to a spot where you don’t know what to do—shoot somebody. Oh, dear, that sounds dreadful. I have already killed off two people, but so far, no guns. And, I think, two bodies is quite enough (for now, anyway). So, how do I keep that interest level up?
Day before yesterday, I wanted to put Jo, my amateur sleuth, someplace different. Let’s see, she’s been—oh, heck. She’s got a day off. Put her on a tour boat. Fine, I put her on a tour boat, but the whole thing wasn’t going anywhere, so yesterday, the tour boat was stopped by the Coast Guard. Okay, now what? Before I turned off the computer last night, when the Coast Guard heard Jo’s name, they informed her she was coming with them and bodily lifted her off the tour boat and into the Coast Guard cutter.
So, today I’m wondering—why did they do that? At the moment, I have no clue. So, either I figure out an answer, or I forget about the Coast Guard cutter, and maybe even the tour boat. I’ll keep thinking though. FYI — sometimes these forays into the unknown disappear, but sometimes they turn into an incredible plot point.
So, the mystery is—which will it be?