Are you ready for the challenge to write a tense mystery novel? Start with a solid outline with at least the basic elements of:
> The key component in a mystery novel is the suspense. Use clues intended to be misleading by escalating the tension.
> Present a strong hook to create questions in the mind of the readers so they will want to continue reading. Provide the setting and the main character. Make it brief. Introduce the beginning elements that will pique the readers curiosity.
> Create a mysterious mood with setting and descriptive language to entice the reader. Use descriptive language such as confinement or claustrophobia for the setting. They contribute to a tense and suspenseful atmosphere to create a mysterious and unpredictable mood.
> Mix truthful characters and those who lie. Make the reader your number one detective to piece the information together in order to be an active part in solving the mystery. Present natural and supernatural reasons for a character’s disappearance which could explain the clues.
> Structure your mystery novel’s chapters to include the pace of the chapter and the content. The ebb and flow of the endings and beginnings unfold to attract the reader to the appeal and the fear of the unknown.
> Write suspenseful dialogue which says one thing but means another thing. Cause suspense by presenting conflicting dialog from a character who lies or says something bizarre or withholds information when questioned. Add unexpected behavior to give the reader a sense of lack of predictability.
> “Ah ha!” A satisfying conclusion and resolution come from the readers “ah ha!” moment. The reader can then go back and say that ending was coming, or it’s a surprise that makes complete sense. The ending satisfies the questions of the unknown that the reader was asking during the entire story.