I thought it would be fun to do a writing exercise. Last year wewrote about what we saw outside our window. This year, I thought it would be fun to write about guessing who is outside your door and then finding out who it really was…a mystery or a comedy.
In the case of you were expecting your sister and her boyfriend to be outside the door…
and instead, you found this cow.
In your story, use these images to help you write your interpretation or write a different story altogether using at least the word “Door” in your title and having 200-300 words. Please share your story in the comment area or email it to mebefore midnight on January 31, 2023.
I will choose up to three Blue Ribbon stories…for outstandingdescription, dialogue, and/or mystery or comedy elements.
I’ve always loved a good mystery. I started out reading the Bobbsey Twins. I read every one of them that were published in fourth grade. I couldn’t wait to finish one and get to the next one. I had to walk a mile to get to the library. It was worth it.
When I taught school, I fell in love with Nate the Great and Encyclopedia Brown.
There are many good detective series on television that I enjoy is . Columbo, starring Peter Falk. He makes me laugh. I must admit I wouldn’t watch the first 15 minutes so that I wouldn’t see the murder happen. On an ironic note, one time they had two murders! They sneaked one in on me.
What makes a good mystery?
Someone commits a crime.
A good mysterynovel challenges the reader to figure out who committed the crime beforethedetectiveexplains how it was done, who did it, and why at theend.
Red Herrings are fake clues given to throw the detective and the readers off track. These red herring characters mislead or distract the detective from a relevant or important question.
The main character in the story is usually the detective who wants to solve the mystery and apprehend the person who committed the crime.
Each character who is a prime suspect in a mystery needs to have at least one of these three things:
Motive a reason for doing the crime for financial gain or to seek revenge
Means to commit the crime having tools and physical capabilities of committing the crime
Opportunity to do it and be at the actual scene of the crime
Of course, we know that the real person who did it will answer yes to motive, means, and opportunity.
The detective discovers the answers to motive, means, and opportunity by interviewing characters and investigating the scene where the crime took place.
I believe a suspect chooses a weapon that gives him the best chance to do the crime and get away it.
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