Wednesday, October 5, 2022

October #IWSG: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The awesome co-hosts for the October 5 posting of the IWSG are Tonja Drecker, Victoria Marie Lees, Mary Aalgaard, and Sandra Cox!

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 

                                                        This month's question:
                What do you consider the best characteristics of your favorite genre?

                                            Remember, the question is optional!

                                You ready?
Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Suspense! Duh. The best characteristics of the mystery genre are the thrill of the chase, discovering who-dun-it, and plot twists around every corner. 

My taste in movies, books, and TV series always gravitates toward mystery and suspense. I remember reading an agent's words once that every great book has an element of mystery whether you're writing romance, fantasy, or science fiction. 

I hope all is well this October. I'm writing (editing) before I send my work off to a professional editor. It's what any sane person does, right? I still love my book that landed me an agent who ended up quitting her agency. I'm in control now. 
*Rubs hands together.

Enjoy the most wonderful time of the year: spooky season.
Do you add mystery and suspense to your writing? 


  1. Have fun editing dear.

  2. I agree with that statement that all good novels have an element of mystery. And, I also enjoy a good mystery/suspense story!

  3. Hi Jennifer, though I love reading mystery and suspense, I have never written one. Hope I write one in the future.

  4. I think suspense is needed in any story, even if it's not a mystery.

  5. Though I like reading and watching it, I suck at writing mystery and suspense. I'm getting better at injecting tension and keeping my pace up, but my main character has a way of blowing the suspense before it even builds.

  6. I've never tried anything really suspenseful.

  7. I love mysteries and the suspense in them. I'd like to write one someday.


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