My soon-to-be-released children’s book is called “Tails of Mystery.” It tells the stories of a dog and his friends solving mysteries around their neighborhood. It doesn’t have a cover yet, but here’s the dog – he’s called Fred.
Another soon-to-be-released volume will be the fourth edition of our local Writers’ Mill Journal. One of the headings for submissions is “It’s a mystery.”
Meanwhile, our next writing contest is titled “A simply misunderstanding.”
So I wonder what great mysteries these misunderstandings might weave – which leads to this week’s writing game:
First, write the numbers 1 to 7 down the side of a sheet of paper:
- At number one, write down who is going to misunderstand something.
- At number five, write down the dire consequence of the misunderstanding.
- At number seven, write down the resolution – all is calm, mystery solved, misunderstanding corrected.
- Back to number three: What did your protagonist misunderstand? What incorrect conclusion did they draw?
- Number four: How did they act on that conclusion and how did it cause the dire consequences at number five.
- Number two: How did they come to hear/see/learn the thing they misunderstood?
- Number six: How did they come to realize they’d got things wrong, and how did they fix it to land us at number 7.
Weave what you’ve written back together to make a short mystery about a simple misunderstanding.