A for Audacity #A-Z Challenge

man on high wire
audacity on the high wire

The theme is Writing a Cozy Mystery. So why A for Audacity?

Why not A for Author?

Or A for Agatha Christie–the queen of cozies. Her first novel The Mysterious Affair at
Styles was reputedly rejected five times by publishers and her  ABC Murders based on a
train timetable have a tenuous connection to the alphabet challenge of the A-Z?

Or A for Margery Allingham whose aristocratic sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey attracted more intellectual readers?

You want to write a cozy mystery–so what’s audacity got to do with it?

A lot.

It takes audacity–a willingness to take bold risks–as well as courage to write anything
and set it out there for the world to read. A cozy mystery may seem like a simple option
but it most certainly is not.

It takes audacity–bold or arrogant disregard of normal restraints–to plan a successful
cozy where many of your characters must be audacious in every sense of the word.

Audacity is what it takes to start and finish writing an enthralling novel which relies on your “little grey cells” being as finely tuned as those of Hercule Poirot.

Action for Day 1

Read a cozy mystery. Lots of free to download examples on the web. I’m going for The Ex Who Wouldn’t Die by Sally Berneathy,. Mixed reviews but I liked the blurb and she’s a best selling author.

Action for today 2

Save time by recording your thoughts and ideas willy nilly as they come.

Audacity is easy-to-use free recording software you
can download and use exactly as is. Talk to it. . Use it to make notes on characters, plot, random thoughts and scenes as they come into your head.

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5 thoughts on “A for Audacity #A-Z Challenge”

  1. Love a good mystery…and it’s true, it does take audacity to take a risk and let people read what you write. It’s also one of my favorite words…audacity, just sounds good! Glad to meet you through A-Z 🙂

    1. Love the way words sound too. My Bs are very solid Building Blocks but audacity is such a light and dancing word. Always brings to mind Raffles for me–the daring cat burglar and gentleman jewel thief. -)

  2. “It takes audacity–a willingness to take bold risks–as well as courage to write anything and set it out there for the world to read.”

    Well said.

    Enjoying your blog, and looking forward to B-Z. 🙂

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