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unfairly not revealing the mystery?
 
Peg Daniels - 10:47am Oct 30, 2003 PST
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I have an idea for a short story. It will be the first mystery I've written, and only the second story. From what I have read on the subject, It seems to be unfair to "hold back" whodunnit once your PI has determined the culprit. Can't it be held back a little? I have 2 PI's, and I want a brief scene where one realizes who it is (but we aren't told), then another brief scene where the other one has the same revelation, then a phone conversatiion where they declare simultaneously who the culprit is. Is that going to be considered "unfair"?

Thanks!


  • Nah, unfair?.. by Olivia Maia - Nov 27, 03 (#1 of 3)
  • Peg: The whole purpose of writing is to create... by Whispering Statue - Jun 24, 05 (#2 of 3)
  • But of course not!.. by Latin Lucas - Sep 7, 05 (#3 of 3)

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