6 Ways to Add Mystery to your Story6 Ways to Add Genuine Mystery to your Story – With Reference Material for the Rules of MysteryMore Like This
One of the most common and most annoying things that I come across, when editing manuscripts, is when there is a vague mention of the protagonist's back-story or mission. I ask the writer why they don't clarify, and they tell me that they wanted to leave a mystery for the audience. This is not mystery, that is leaving the audience in the dark. Today, I want to talk about the difference between this cheap ploy, and creating genuine mystery in your story. But before we begin, let me share the first rule of creating mystery:
The first rule of mystery is that your audience should be able to see everything and have access to ALL of the same information as your POV (point-of-view) character. (AKA the Scooby-Doo Principal)
Method 1: Show mystery by revealing everything, not by concealing it.
The first way that mystery is created is by allowing the POV character to see something that does not f