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U for Unfinished #A to Z Challenge

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
photo by David Castillo Dominici courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

Gaudi started work on the construction of the Sagrada Familia in 1882.  Now almost a century after his death, work to finish the build is still moving ahead. But even unfinished, the wondrously sculpted Roman Catholic cathedral attracts millions of visitors per year.

So what has this to do with your cozy mystery?

  1. Whatever the problems, never give up.
  2. Even unfinished, your writing always has something to say. You may decide to rework your novel to make it work. You may decide to lift sections to use in other books. Nothing you do is ever wasted unless you let it be.
  3. A book takes readers on a journey. Enhance it. Let your characters travel. A recent Amazon bestseller had  reviewers praise it for its travel descriptions although they felt the story lacked pace.
  4. Nothing like fleeing through a mysterious building to add suspense to your cozy.

Revisit your Unfinished Manuscripts

My unfinished manuscripts sit in boxes under the bed, in filing cabinets in the garage, on my hard drive. When I do look at them, I am always surprised by scenes I had forgotten, characters who scream to be allowed to tell their stories.

It’s always worth taking a look again–maybe expand a short story or reduce a novel to a novella. If the problem is plot failure. rework the outline.

The finished work could always add to your Kindle back list The more the merrier when it comes to sales.

T for Tea #A to Z Challenge

courtesy of Timeless Photography and freedigitalphotos.net
courtesy of Timeless Photography and freedigitalphotos.net

T was intended to stand for time and timeline as cozy mysteries are often set in the period when they started to become popular–the twenties and thirties.

And timelines are indispensable when planning the events and clues that lead to solving the mystery.

But today’s cozies often verge on the cute, with tea shops, restaurants and cafes being a favorite career move for the amateur detective cum heroine.

And tea time always seems to feature large in cozies from whatever period. The tea may vary from Earl Grey or Darjeeling nowadays with modern cozy characters preferring herbal teas like chamomile.

And the lead photo was an irresistible match for the most popular cozies around at the minute–the ones that appeal to animal-lovers. The tiny tyke here is redressing the balance after my giving the kitty cats their own blog entry.

S for Sleuth #A to Z Challenge

Such a funny word sleuth. Makes me think of board games and long ago novels. It conjures up old busybodies and peering through magnifying glasses to find clues in the days before tech took over.

The word itself is very old and found in Old Norse, meaning a track or trail.  In Scotland, from the 14th century, a sleuthhound was a bloodhound. It hunted game or tracked down fugitives from justice.

Then in the nineteenth century, sleuthhound was used for a detective and  shortened to sleuth.  (etymology found through Merriam Webster)

 lady detective and sidekick
photo courtesy of stock images at freedigitalphotos.net

But in the world of cozy mystery. the amateur detective is more often young, running her own business, and reliant on a female confidante.

The only thing she has in common with the detectives in past series is often the lack of ready cash.

And, of course, the threat she faces to her own way of life, if she does not investigate the crime and unmask the criminal.