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Monday, October 21, 2019

Reedsy prompt: armchair detective

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Deadline: October 25, 2019

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In much of the world, fall is in full swing. Leaves are a vibrant kaleidoscope of oranges, reds, and yellows. A chill is settling in. Days are shorter, and pumpkin spice is, well, everywhere. In other words, it's the kind of weather that simply begs for you to cozy up with a good read. And what kind of book could be cozier than a cozy mystery?

For those of us who enjoy getting spooked, but not terrified, in the lead-up to Halloween, the cozy mystery is a great genre. It provides suspense and mystery, but not horror. The crimes are depicted lightly, and typically take place in idyllic towns where things always ended up working out.

This week, our prompts are inspired by the cozy mystery genre. But that doesn't mean your story needs to involve a mystery! The great thing about fiction is how hallmarks of one genre can weave their way into stories of all kinds.
This week's prompts:

  • Write a story that takes place in a small town where news travels fast.
  • Write a story about a character with a sidekick.
  • Write a story featuring a protagonist with a knack for getting to the bottom of things.
  • Write a story that involves a mystery — it doesn't need to be crime-related, it should just include something that remains unexplained until the end.
  • Write a story that features an ensemble cast of characters.

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