Writing a novel is a long and time consuming process. A writer needs to be extremely dedicated and needs to properly think each and every pot hole through so that the novel does not end up becoming a failure. It is the dream of every writer to be able to write a successful novel that would appeal to the audiences and become an instant hit. However, not every writer gets that fame and attention, and considering the amount of time and effort a novel takes, especially a detective novel, sometimes, it becomes a major gamble to predict whether or not the novel will become a success.
Writing a detective novel
Detective or mystery novels are trickier than other genres because of the plot twists and the potential plot holes that it might contain. The plot is extremely intricate and very twisted as well, since the readers will lose interest in the whole novel if the plot is not complicated enough. The novel needs to keep the readers guessing so that they cannot figure out the identity of the real criminal until the very end.
This is not only a very popular genre, but it is also extremely time consuming to write as well, since one needs to set up several different characters and build them up so that the readers can keep guessing and wondering who it might be within their wide scope of given choices. Unless the plot is original enough, the novel in itself would not sell very well, and you would want to avoid that, since considering the amount of effort you are going to put into writing your novel, it should at least catch your audience’s attention, even if it does not become a best seller overnight.
If you are about to base your characters on real life people or if you want to take inspiration from people that are related to you or people that you have previously encountered in your life, then one of the best ways to know as much about them as possible is by interviewing them, or if that is not possible, then you can always opt for advanced background checks. This will give you all the basic information that you need on that person in question. The type of background check that we are talking about is legal, so you do not need to worry about feeling like a stalker.
That said, what really matters is your intention. Are you planning on using all that information against the person and planning on writing a novel where they are portrayed as a horrible person? That is actually a misuse of it all. However, if you are about to base your character vaguely on that person, perhaps someone who has some aspects in common with that person, then that is okay. The way you are about to use the information is what really matters. If you can keep all of that in mind, then you are ready to begin writing your first detective novel.
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