20 Things A Crime And A Novel Have In Common

20 Things A Crime And A Novel Have In Common


Why writing a novel is like solving a crime

You need:

  1. A motive (beginning)
  2. A crime (inciting moment)
  3. A crime scene (setting)
  4. A criminal (antagonist)
  5. A victim (love interest)
  6. A detective (protagonist)
  7. A profiler (genre)
  8. A sidekick (sidekick)
  9. Desire for justice (story goal)
  10. Suspects (characters and body language)
  11. Witnesses (back story)
  12. Forensics (description)
  13. Investigative skills (plotting)
  14. The means and opportunity (conflict)
  15. Clues (plot points)
  16. Red herrings (red herrings)
  17. Evidence (exposition)
  18. A confession (ending)
  19. Justice (denouement)
  20. A lesson (theme)

Can you think of any others? Please share them in the comments section below.

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by Amanda Patterson

© Amanda Patterson

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