This week: Spring mysteriesEdited by: Arakun the Twisted Raccoon
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Quote for the week: "In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move."
Spring is a time of change, rebirth, and growth, and also a good time for mysteries.
The winter snow can hide many secrets. When it melts in the spring, they are revealed, whether they are lost treasures or dead bodies.
New plant growth can also hide secrets that are more evident in the winter. For example, new foliage might hide a strange house in the woods, which is visible when the trees are bare.
Farmers begin to till their fields in the spring. What might they uncover as they turn the soil over?
Spring is a time when many people thoroughly clean their houses and often have garage sales to get rid of unused items. This might be an interesting way for your characters to discover mysterious objects or get into strange situations.
If your mystery is written for teens or children, spring is the time when school is out. Your characters will have more time to play, explore the outdoors, and get into mischief. Older teens are often left to supervise themselves when school is out, which may or may not be a good idea, depending on your characters.
If you write a mystery set in the spring, take advantage of the contrast between idyllic spring scenes and more sinister activities they might conceal.
Something to try: Write a mystery in which something unexpected is revealed as the snow melts.
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