Writing a Cozy Mystery
Since I love to read cozy mysteries and I am now retired with time to do whatever I want – I decided I wanted to write a mystery story. Not sure how I made the decision to “just do it” but I am now on Chapter Two and enjoying every minute.
This is a possible cover I designed – I haven’t purchased the image yet which is why the word “alamy” is all over it. But it helps me to picture it as being a finished project.
It’s going to be a historical cozy as I want it to take place here in Vancouver but in the year 1908. This way I can continue my fascination with studying Vancouver history at the same time.
I have never written a mystery before so a lot of my time has been spent reading books about how to write one. The more I get into this the more I find there is to know. Not quite as simple as I thought it would be – but even though the challenge is overwhelming I’m going to get it done.
I found a program that is about writing a first draft of a book in 100 days – and after much consideration decided that having to be accountable to someone would be a great help. I do tend to start and stop things. So far it has been a very good decision.
My plan is to write the first draft by May 15, work on the second and third drafts, get it edited and have it published in November. I’m self-publishing and it’s very likely that my first attempt at doing this will take two or three book attempts before I make any sales but I just want to start and see how it goes.
I have been here in Vancouver for five years and this is the first year we got so much snow. It looked like real winter for a few days. Thankfully it lasted only about three days and we are back into the 50’s.
Other than that it’s been very much a self-isolating existence. Morning walk, grocery shopping once or twice a week and a trip to the Post Office now and then just to get out. Exciting days.
How are you doing?
Once again it’s been weeks – months since I wrote – so would love to hear how you are doing as well.
If you would like, please add “your” three gratitude moments in the comments. It’s a great way to pick up your day and it’s fun for the rest of us to read!
- So far no Covid. Thank goodness!
- Snow is almost gone. We had 8 1/2 inches which for Vancouver, WA is very unusual.
- Every day we are visited by a friendly cat. Well, not exactly friendly as he won’t let us pet him – but we give him food and he is very appreciative.