Robin Newman: Plotting a Mystery for Young Children: Leave a Crumb Trail of Clues and GIVEAWAY

The plot thickens at Kidlit Summer School. Sharpen your pencils, pack your notepads, and hop on the school bus. First stop: Nerdy Chicks Rules!

Nerdy Chicks Write

You’ve tuned into Dragnet. The opening music begins, da da dum dum, and the narrator sets the stage with the introduction:

“Ladies and gentlemen, the story you’re about to see is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.”[1]

After the introduction, Sgt. Joe Friday jumps right into the scene with that wonderful deadpan monologue.

“This is the city. Los Angeles, California. I work here. I’m a cop. It was Tuesday, April 7th. It was cold in Los Angeles. We were working the day watch out of accident investigation division, hit and run felony unit. My partner is Frank Smith . . .”[2]

newman1Television, more than any other medium, has created expectations for viewers and readers of mysteries. Dragnet viewers know exactly what’s going to happen next because the structure of the story and how it unfolds never change. Writing a mystery…

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