05-18-2007 11:14 AM
I can't decide if it should be strictly a mystery detective. Girl is looking for truth behind a cold case, but finds love on the way, twist at the end.
Or girl meets cop and together they find love and oh, by the way they solve a cold case and find she was adopted and her father was involved?
What questions do I need to ask myself to decide which way to take this story? I have written it in real time (1950's era of Organized Crime bosses) and it was okay but had a boring ending. It was written true to life and there was no satisfaction, just truth.
I am almost bored with the story as I have done it im my mind so many times.
05-19-2007 03:58 AM
The boring ending could be a killer too. If you get one book published, you won't get a second because you'll have booksellers saying "I read her first one and it was ok. A little boring." Primacy effect will work against you. They won't remember the exciting climax with the explosions and the car chase and that emotional revelation, they'll remember the boring end. Can you move the climax closer to the end?
That 50's time period might be a problem for you too. Romances are either modern or historical starting at the turn of the century. Some have moved a little beyond that but most stick to that 1900 deadline. The mob thing I'm bad for because I grew up in the probably the last mob war so the romance of those guys is lost on me.
I hope this helps. If you have more specific questions, I'm sure we'll make a stab at answering them.
05-21-2007 11:44 AM
05-22-2007 06:24 AM
Hope that helps, Lynne.
05-23-2007 09:46 PM
This other problem, like Lynne mentioned, is that real life is boring. I've been watching Veronica Mars lately and admiring the fact that they manage to get into long stake outs and lengthy research sessions without getting dull. Of course, in the first episode she was raped and they failed to do a rape kit which leaves me yelling at the tv every time.
You might want to take your research into the real incident and borrow liberally while resetting into modern day. After a while the story will grow it's own legs and change enough to be more exciting and less docudrama.