Howdunit: Writing Mysteries

So after five years of beating my head against the brick wall that was Lavender’s Blue, I’m starting over. The flaws were in the protagonist (negative goal), antagonist (confused motivation), the conflict (intermittent), and the plot (wandered all over the place). I’d been duct-taping over the holes in the story for so long it was 95% duct tape. A beta read by Toni Causey finally made me see the light: No More Duct Tape. Time to build a new book.

Oh, and one other thing: the mystery sucked. Continue reading