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Mystery Story Ideas: 5 Prompts for Writing a Mystery

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 8, 2021 • 3 min read

Crime. Plot twists. Red herrings. Whether it’s a murder mystery, police procedural, or a classic whodunit, a great mystery story has specific literary elements that keep readers in suspense until the very end. A mystery author needs to flex their writing skills to craft a riveting thriller full of tension, but first they need to start with a great storyline. Creative writing prompts are a great way for mystery writers to come up with plot ideas for their next novel or short story.