Wine and murder

There’s always a great feeling when one finishes writing a story. “The End” has finally been reached. I plan to have a glass of wine to celebrate the occasion.

However, instead that glow of a job well done, sometimes there is nagging thought that pushes out. Maybe I missed something.

 The truth is a story can always be spruced up a bit- one can do almost endless edits. Switch a word or a phrase here and there. Not a major change and maybe the edits don’t really help the story at all. But then again maybe a minor change will work wonders.

I’ve finished a murder mystery, a murder that takes place during a wine festival. I’m happy with my characters and my belief the murderer’s identity isn’t easy to spot. Yet there maybe something wrong that hides from that first glance, the quick read. Like a body on the coroner’s table where the cause of death at first seems obvious, perhaps a closer examination will reveal something else.

So I picked up a copy of Don’t Murder Your Mystery by Chris Roerden, almost 300 pages of how to make a story better. It’s actually longer than my own book, so there should be ample information on how to improve my own murder mystery- assuming it can be improved.

There’s still the outside chance its great just as it is and I don’t need to change a thing. Maybe that’s just the wine talking.   


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