RMV Mysteries Thoughts

The structure of Creswood Mysteries is something that I’ve previously said that I am very proud of. Originally,  the concept for Creswood was to create my largest series to date. It was because of the delay with Memory Blood 2 at the end of 2014 that I wondered if it might be more fun to release it as a quick short story. In doing so, I discovered my preferred style for writing and serializing mysteries.

In the future, I think the RMV Mysteries series will continue like this. Right now I’m thinking of the plot for RMV Mysteries #2 which you can think of as a spiritual successor to Creswood taking place in a new location with a new cast of characters.

Today I’d like to take a little time to discuss my ideas for the future and to reflect on what I’ve done so far.

With Creswood, the mysteries were never too difficult. The goal for the first part was to create something that was solvable with all the clues presented. The detectives were a little too efficient in their investigation though and ended up leaving many of the misleads and traps ineffective by the end of the story. With those out of the way, the path to the truth became far easier to traverse.

Due to this, I gave out the identity of the culprit in the sequel, Creswood Fantasies, and left only one core mystery remaining in the finale Creswood Illusions. While giving away so many answers wasn’t the original intention, I’m very pleased with how the story developed and I wouldn’t change it one bit.

As a natural reaction to that, I would like RMV Mysteries #2 to swing in the opposite direction and be more mysterious and more difficult.

The advantage to releasing these stories in the current format is that I can make them available for free. And if they’re available for free, I can make the difficulty any level that I desire. The stories will still be fair and solvable, but the challenge can potentially reach insane levels of difficulty without making readers feel like they’ve wasted their money on something unsolvable.

As always the mystery will be solvable and by the end the difficulty will be reasonable, but who knows what challenges may appear during the journey to that point…

The title and the premise for RMV Mysteries #2 have already been decided. The core plot is being developed and when that’s finished I can begin revealing the details and when you can expect to read it.

Writing Update: Good Progress Edition

This week I came up with some cool new ideas for Creswood Part 2 that have pushed me into the second half of the story. The difficulty level is climbing and I’m hoping to think of even more difficult tricks to include. It’s tough writing tricks for a story that’s already been “solved”, but that’s part of the fun of this extra super difficult scenario.

Speaking of which, I’ve decided to make both Creswood Mysteries and its successor available for free at the end of the month! You’ll be able to purchase the Kindle or iBooks edition for 99 cents if you choose, but if you’d rather not spend the money then feel free to stop by and get both for free. The final story will also be made available for free, but I might also gather all three stories and publish them together as Creswood Collection or something like that as well.

There’s not much else to say this week, but just to summarize my current plans:

End of April 2015 – Creswood 2

Summer 2015 – Memory Blood 2

Winter 2015 – Creswood 3

2016 – Memory Blood 3 and 4 (end of the series)

Writing Update: Mid-December 2014 Edition

It’s about time for a new Writing Update now that Creswood Mysteries has been announced. As of now, the story has been completed and I’m working on balancing and tuning the mystery over the next 2 weeks leading up to the release before the end of the year. Official story info and a release date will be coming soon, but I need a little more time to prepare so your patience will be appreciated.

When I set out to write my debut mystery novel, I initially wanted to make it super difficult to solve because that would be a lot of fun for me. However, there’s plenty of time to write super difficulty mysteries in the future… so why not start out a little easier? The balancing of the hints is not yet completed but I think there will only be a mild amount of difficulty in the Creswood case which means that more than a few people should be able to solve it outright and most people should have some good guesses by the end.

This was a quick project, so it’s only the length of a short story and that also makes it easier to re-read so I’d like to ask my readers to try their very best to solve it. Unlike a standard mystery novel, there’s no solution at the end but a solution shouldn’t be necessary. The mystery becomes solvable quite early on and more and more hints are presented afterwards that will help with figuring things out.

Even if you can’t solve it, it should still be fun and that’s what excites me about this work. The appeal of a mystery novel is the mystery and I think I’ve created something quite fun and lighthearted despite the fact that people get murdered. If you haven’t read something in this style before you’ll probably only understand after you’ve read it but I guarantee it will be worth the 99 cents that it will cost!