Writing a murder mystery is a challenge to me. But it's fun, too. Using the "Plot W" I've gotten into the last portion of the book. But I'm finding myself going back over the beginning. Without a strong beginning, it all will be useless. Not only that, I'm having to bookmark numerous elements in the story (like the clues), so that I can see where I've put what. I tend to forget where I've put certain things in the story--or if I have!
But back to the elements of the story. I've gone back to a very good source by Aimee L. Salter. Still great advice from this author, who not only goes step by step, helping novices and possibly those who've been writing for years, and need a kick in the butt to remember certain things. (She has altered her posts, and some have disappeared, but many still remain. I couldn't find the Plot W, anywhere.)
In working out the plot, as we all know, the very beginning has to capture your audience. There's something Aimee calls "The Inciting Incident" and I've provided the link here so that when you're ready you can go and check this out. It has been something I've forgotten, and needed to review. There are at least 4 things you have to do either in your first chapter, or as soon as possible, in your book, so that people can not only connect, but want to read on.
Here's a round up of these first things in a book's plot you should check that you've covered.
1). Status Quo
2). Change to Status Quo
3). Affected Character
4). The Consequences
5). Inciting IncidentGo to the link for explanations of each one of these.
Aimee's plot elements have been something I've followed for a long while, and every one of her installments are well-written and worth checking out, no matter if you've been writing a long time, or are a novice.
All for today, my writerly friends. Gotta work on my beginning a little bit more.