“What Genre Do You Prefer?”

Up to this point, I primarily have talked about writing fantasy in this blog, but my favorite genre is mystery. Perhaps I’ll write a little more about the mystery genre in future posts. I’ve written several mysteries and I love the puzzles they bring along with the story.

For instance, in the sequel I’m writing to Shadowy Tales, I had the culprit all figured out when I outlined the story. But try as I might, I couldn’t think of a single reason why this person would do such a crime against the victim. Back to the drawing board, as they say!

When I figured out all the signs I’d planted throughout the book, the solution came to me, so now I’m rewriting the final quarter of the book to make it clearer to me as well as to the reader. Now it all makes more sense to me, and I honestly don’t know how I missed seeing it as I wrote.

Isn’t that the way with Life? Too often we think we have it all figured out, only to realize that we have been on a different path all along. In writing a book, we can go back and edit the story. How do we edit our lives when we realize we need to make a few changes in order to keep going?

By the way, the sequel to Shadowy Tales is Washboard Tales, reminiscent of the days when women talked to each other over their washboards and talked about what was happening in their lives. Watch for it before the end of 2022.

A hui hou!

2 thoughts on ““What Genre Do You Prefer?””

  1. If you are ever interested in joining a community of writers, take a look at Hawaii Writer’s Guild. It was formed in 2016 just before I moved to Hawaii, and I’ve been a member ever since and am a board member now. It’s a 501(c)(3) organization and has an on-line writer’s support group that meets once a week on Zoom.

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