This week: Writing the Paranormal MysteryEdited by: Lonewolf
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Most people are familiar with the concept of paranormal activity and many find it fascinating because it addresses unexplained occurrences. There’s nothing quite like a mystery, with its blend of high stakes, high tension, and the ability to personally involve the reader as a detective. The best paranormal mysteries blend the feeling of a great read with the feeling of playing a game. Paranormal mysteries are much of the same like a regular mystery, but with a few different rules to think about.
1. Real world or new world
The first thing you need to decide is, how paranormal do you want it to be? Your characters live in the real world and simply might have a hint of something special about them. Your hero or heroine might be psychic. Or a witch. Or they might remember past lives. Or he might see ghosts. But all of the action takes place in our real, flawed world in which something strange might be lurking around any ordinary corner.
2. Once you've created your world
Do your best to create a world your readers want to live in, they'll put themselves in the middle of the action and it will be all the more terrifying when things start to go wrong. Sounds evil, but makes things so much more fun.
3. Create vulnerability or danger that the lead character doesn't see
When done right, this type of situation will have readers screaming warnings to the narrator. Or maybe that was just me, reading this book. Either way, it will keep your readers turning the pages.
4. Give your readers breaks in the suspense
Unless you're writing a thriller, it's always good to break up the suspense and tension with humor or a little romance. It gives the reader a breather, brings down their guard, and it takes your narrative back to the real world.
5. Even implausible situations must be plausible
If your reader is questioning something about a character's behavior in any given scene--it pulls them out of the narrative. You need to answer those questions before they occur to your reader.
As with all writing, read the genre you plan on writing. Another important thing to remember is to have fun, that's the great thing about writing fiction we get to make this stuff up.
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