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Clues: Planting, Hiding, Interpreting
 


  • A mystery story, by nature, must have a mystery to... by Dan Sontup - Jul 24, 97 (#1 of 157)
  • I actuallt took a college course, titled,... by Joe Africa - Jul 24, 97 (#2 of 157)
  • One of the most effective methods for hiding a... by Dan . Sontup - Jul 25, 97 (#3 of 157)
  • Withholding a key clue is usually a no-no, but... by Burl Barer - Jul 29, 97 (#4 of 157)
  • Another clever way to hide a clue is to make it... by Juanita Rose Violini - Jul 30, 97 (#5 of 157)
  • It seems to me that hiding clues is a lot like... by Gary Ericson - Aug 5, 97 (#6 of 157)
  • I'm new to writing mysteries, although I've always... by Chris Ramsay Opp - Aug 24, 97 (#7 of 157)
  • Chris -- I admire your determination... by Dan . Sontup - Aug 24, 97 (#8 of 157)
  • Excellent comparison, Gary, of mystery writing to... by Eric Heisserer - Sep 9, 97 (#9 of 157)
  • To Eric: I diagram my plays to the point of... by Sally Atman - Oct 25, 97 (#10 of 157)
  • Eric- I absolutely diagram my stories!.. by Cindi Clark - Nov 13, 97 (#11 of 157)
  • To Sally and Cindi: Only trouble with a lot of... by Piper - Nov 13, 97 (#12 of 157)
  • Dan-- I've been writing for a few years now,... by Nick Roberts - Jan 30, 98 (#13 of 157)
  • Diagrams are a way to keep track of the actual... by Juanita Rose Violini - Feb 3, 98 (#14 of 157)
  • Do we need tangible clues in an investion?.. by Alex Dent - Feb 4, 98 (#15 of 157)
  • am reminded of a quote from Frank Herbert that i... by Juanita Rose Violini - Feb 4, 98 (#16 of 157)
  • Alex- I like your idea of writing a... by Nick Roberts - Feb 6, 98 (#17 of 157)
  • A person, Joe, would not have to lie in their own... by Juanita Rose Violini - Feb 6, 98 (#18 of 157)
  • Re: Piper's previous anecdote (#12) about mapping... by JDough - Mar 29, 98 (#19 of 157)
  • Reading through this discussion, I thought about... by Kelly - Apr 25, 98 (#20 of 157)
  • Kelly: Are you Kel from Writers Workshop?.. by JDough - Apr 25, 98 (#21 of 157)
  • Hello Jane: I use a method almost the same... by Leonard Nixdorf - Apr 26, 98 (#22 of 157)
  • Hi Len!: Yes, I believe we had a discussion about... by JDough - Apr 26, 98 (#23 of 157)
  • Yes, jb, that's me (I guess I wasn't as creative... by Kelly - Apr 26, 98 (#24 of 157)
  • JB:"you could type a key "CLUE" letter or symbol... by Marian Allen - Apr 29, 98 (#25 of 157)
  • No problem, Marian... by JDough - Apr 29, 98 (#26 of 157)
  • I thought JB's idea was great also... by Dina Hagler - Apr 30, 98 (#27 of 157)
  • Dina: That's a good idea, if you can teach... by JDough - Apr 30, 98 (#28 of 157)
  • BB: You mean like this?.. by JDough - May 2, 98 (#29 of 157)
  • BB: Wow!.. by JDough - May 2, 98 (#30 of 157)
  • HI Ya JB. ... by Leonard Nixdorf - May 5, 98 (#31 of 157)
  • Does anyone have any ideas of how I could use... by Steven Jones - Jun 11, 98 (#32 of 157)
  • Maybe a watch or clock was broken at the time of... by Kelly - Jun 13, 98 (#33 of 157)
  • But does time really exist?.. by Rob Lewis - Jul 15, 98 (#34 of 157)
  • I am not sure if this would work but here is an... by Leonard Nixdorf - Jul 19, 98 (#35 of 157)
  • In reference to somebody's idea about using diary... by Crystal May - Jul 30, 98 (#36 of 157)
  • What about religion as a clue (X could not... by Gervase Charmley - Oct 20, 98 (#37 of 157)
  • RE: religion as a clue... by carlyn - Oct 21, 98 (#38 of 157)
  • How about drink as a clue?.. by Gervase Charmley - Oct 22, 98 (#39 of 157)
  • I've been working on a psychological clue based on... by Alex Dent - Oct 24, 98 (#40 of 157)
  • how do you know they check that way first because... by Juanita Rose Violini - Oct 25, 98 (#41 of 157)
  • If we engineer a situation so that each person... by Alex Dent - Oct 26, 98 (#42 of 157)
  • Certainly, if you can disguise a clue well enough,... by Gervase Charmley - Oct 26, 98 (#43 of 157)
  • I don't think its the best idea because I think if... by Amy Carter - Oct 28, 98 (#44 of 157)
  • Or you could just rig up an electric gong to each... by Hugh Drummond - Nov 10, 98 (#45 of 157)
  • To Steven Jones #33 re: Time Zones... by Spooky Lady - Nov 24, 98 (#46 of 157)
  • BB, Haven't seen you around for a long time... by Alex Dent - Dec 8, 98 (#47 of 157)
  • No feel free to come and go without any remorse... by Alex Dent - Dec 8, 98 (#48 of 157)
  • I would like to write a mystery for the weekly... by Carrie Wright - Jan 2, 99 (#49 of 157)
  • Byron, Maybe you're unfamiliar with the... by Alex Dent - Jan 3, 99 (#50 of 157)
  • I've been writing mystery stories for quite some... by Alesea Thompson - Jan 4, 99 (#51 of 157)
  • Dear Barbera Bassett, I also go to the Mystery... by CHantel Lyngstad - Mar 17, 99 (#52 of 157)
  • I'm a writer who does both genre and non-genre... by Donna Nowak - Apr 7, 99 (#53 of 157)
  • I've been toying with the idea of using character... by Chantel Dawn Lyngstad - Apr 7, 99 (#54 of 157)
  • I like to tell you that I have never pursued the... by Chantel Dawn Lyngstad - Apr 7, 99 (#55 of 157)
  • In my thrillers (yes, I know a thriller isn't the... by Hugh Drummond - Apr 29, 99 (#56 of 157)
  • I am writing a mystery about 7 guests and 5... by Amanda Sullard - May 14, 99 (#57 of 157)
  • There has to be a character with enough guts to... by Chris Gifford - May 18, 99 (#58 of 157)
  • Thirdly, the characters mudst be belivable... by Hugh Drummond - May 19, 99 (#59 of 157)
  • So, Hugh, what is it with so many folks about... by Barbara Bassett - May 20, 99 (#60 of 157)
  • I don't have any problems with them per se... by Hugh Drummond - May 24, 99 (#61 of 157)
  • Well, of course the critics do... by Barbara Bassett - May 24, 99 (#62 of 157)
  • True... by Hugh Drummond - May 26, 99 (#63 of 157)
  • Ten years ago i didn't like Agatha Christie but... by Juanita Rose Violini - May 29, 99 (#64 of 157)
  • JV--I'm so glad to see that "somebody out there"... by Barbara Bassett - May 30, 99 (#65 of 157)
  • Hi Barbara, yes i use to find i got alot of... by Juanita Rose Violini - May 30, 99 (#66 of 157)
  • Hello... by Jamie Frazell - Jun 2, 99 (#67 of 157)
  • It seems to me that the present emphasis ( ... by Barbara Bassett - Jun 4, 99 (#68 of 157)
  • Hear, hear!.. by Juanita Rose Violini - Jun 5, 99 (#69 of 157)
  • OK... by Hugh Drummond - Jun 8, 99 (#70 of 157)
  • I LOVE Agatha Christie- her mysteries are the... by Brittany Westerberg - Jun 25, 99 (#71 of 157)
  • About time zones: I remember reading this in a... by Rusty Thornsburg - Jun 28, 99 (#72 of 157)
  • Juanita Violini--What you could do--I'm assuming... by schuyler kaufman - Jul 4, 99 (#73 of 157)
  • thanks schuyler, i'll do that and see what... by Juanita Rose Violini - Jul 4, 99 (#74 of 157)
  • I've decided that I want to write a mystery... by James Larson - Jul 17, 99 (#75 of 157)
  • James, Is the mystery about finding the weapon... by Steven Torres - Jul 17, 99 (#76 of 157)
  • My mystery would be about getting at the killer of... by James Larson - Jul 18, 99 (#77 of 157)
  • Re time zones: an episode of jonathan creek... by Inspector Somersby - Jul 26, 99 (#78 of 157)
  • I've just completed a 100,000 word suspense novel... by JoMarie Grinkiewicz - Jul 27, 99 (#79 of 157)
  • This is my first time on the site and I've enjoyed... by Vert Ferkland - Aug 10, 99 (#80 of 157)
  • Public Library... by Barbara Bassett - Aug 10, 99 (#81 of 157)
  • I've got an outline, plot and character's for a... by ian jones - Sep 11, 99 (#82 of 157)
  • To Ian Jones #83: Good luck with the serial... by Mo W. - Sep 16, 99 (#83 of 157)
  • Ian, the FBI Profiler is John Douglas... by Mo W. - Sep 16, 99 (#84 of 157)
  • I've got an idea that I think would be an... by Andrew Baker - Sep 19, 99 (#85 of 157)
  • The problem of having to tell the truth if you do... by Hugh Drummond - Sep 20, 99 (#86 of 157)
  • then of course, there's the Murder of Roger... by Juanita Rose Violini - Sep 20, 99 (#87 of 157)
  • To Mo W, thanks for the book recommendation, i'm a... by ian jones - Sep 22, 99 (#88 of 157)
  • Poe's "Imp of the perverse" is a good example of... by Steven Torres - Sep 24, 99 (#89 of 157)
  • You're welcome, Ian... by Mo W. - Oct 6, 99 (#90 of 157)
  • Is it bad to write before bedtime too?.. by Hugh Drummond - Oct 7, 99 (#91 of 157)
  • Isn't it ALWAYS before bedtime???.. by Juanita Rose Violini - Oct 9, 99 (#92 of 157)
  • Not at five in the morning (When the dog loves to... by Hugh Drummond - Oct 11, 99 (#93 of 157)
  • Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, DURING bedtime... by Juanita Rose Violini - Oct 16, 99 (#94 of 157)
  • There could indeed, old top... by Hugh Drummond - Oct 19, 99 (#95 of 157)
  • Ummm, Hugh, really good cryptanalysts can... by Barbara Bassett - Oct 19, 99 (#96 of 157)
  • Really good cryptanalysts can discover the key?.. by Alex Dent - Oct 20, 99 (#97 of 157)
  • Well I'm just guessing but i would think that... by Juanita Rose Violini - Oct 20, 99 (#98 of 157)
  • True but that's just a form of dictionary based... by Alex Dent - Oct 22, 99 (#99 of 157)
  • The full cypher, for your information, goes:... by Hugh Drummond - Oct 26, 99 (#100 of 157)
  • This is a type of cypher known as simple... by Alex Dent - Oct 26, 99 (#101 of 157)
  • Thank you... by Hugh Drummond - Oct 26, 99 (#102 of 157)
  • Another thing worth mentioning is how he will know... by Alex Dent - Oct 26, 99 (#103 of 157)
  • For an entertaining example of the solution of a... by Barbara Bassett - Oct 26, 99 (#104 of 157)
  • No, It's supposed to have been overlooked by the... by Hugh Drummond - Oct 29, 99 (#105 of 157)
  • I'm looking for an agent to send my mystery... by Danni Archer - Nov 3, 99 (#106 of 157)
  • It's the question that dominates all us beginning... by Barbara Bassett - Nov 3, 99 (#107 of 157)
  • to vert: try Elizabeth George... by John Desjarlais - Jan 3, 00 (#108 of 157)
  • Some people can do it, some can't... by Hugh Drummond - Jan 9, 00 (#109 of 157)
  • Time Zones Idea: I know that this is something... by James E. Petts - Aug 4, 00 (#110 of 157)
  • hugh, New American money has just come out... by Angela J. - Sep 8, 00 (#111 of 157)
  • HI ALL... by Carlo Cretaro - Jan 26, 01 (#112 of 157)
  • I'm attempting to write a mystery... by pam chapman - Mar 27, 01 (#113 of 157)
  • I don't think there is a backwards in writing... by Juanita Rose Violini - Apr 3, 01 (#114 of 157)
  • I need to write and essay on major elements of... by MC Stedy - May 9, 01 (#115 of 157)
  • you might want to go to the agatha christie ... by Juanita Rose Violini - May 12, 01 (#116 of 157)
  • hi there want to know how to write a really good... by ADITI RAVI - Oct 6, 01 (#117 of 157)
  • You are just stupid people by Pol Pot - Sep 25, 02 (#118 of 157)
  • what are the previous two entries about?.. by Juanita Rose Violini - Sep 25, 02 (#119 of 157)
  • Hi Juanita, Pol Pot is dead, thank goodness... by Fran Hinkel - Oct 7, 02 (#120 of 157)
  • Oh... by Juanita Rose Violini - Oct 8, 02 (#121 of 157)
  • Juanita, you're not alone - I looked it up!.. by Fran Hinkel - Oct 19, 02 (#122 of 157)
  • Hello, I would like to know how many people there... by Ranjit Kumar - Jan 1, 03 (#123 of 157)
  • 78 characters is quite a few... by Juanita Rose Violini - Jan 2, 03 (#124 of 157)
  • In a couple of sentences could someone please tell... by erica cawthon - Feb 2, 03 (#125 of 157)
  • Hello- What are your thoughts about mixing... by Lynn Richard - Feb 19, 03 (#126 of 157)
  • I think mysteries can be mixed with adventure... by Juanita Rose Violini - Feb 23, 03 (#127 of 157)
  • I think that to plan a perfect murder is to be the... by missajl10 - Feb 25, 03 (#128 of 157)
  • yes, it's an interesting conundrum to have it be... by Juanita Rose Violini - Mar 4, 03 (#129 of 157)
  • I am a songwriter that has a passion for... by Col. Robert Morris - May 29, 03 (#130 of 157)
  • Sure, i'll email you... by Juanita Rose Violini - May 29, 03 (#131 of 157)
  • I have always wanted to write a mystery...but when... by Lura Bolton - Jun 20, 03 (#132 of 157)
  • I think that before writing a story you have to... by Juanita Rose Violini - Jun 24, 03 (#133 of 157)
  • In six sentences can someone show me how to plant... by Ronald Heath - Jun 30, 03 (#134 of 157)
  • Probably - but it would cost you - and it might... by Juanita Rose Violini - Jul 1, 03 (#135 of 157)
  • What do you mean it will cost me? by Ronald Heath - Jul 2, 03 (#136 of 157)
  • Your excellant question has gotton right to the... by Juanita Rose Violini - Jul 3, 03 (#137 of 157)
  • By my own admission it was a lucky strike, but I'm... by Ronald Heath - Jul 4, 03 (#138 of 157)
  • I'd be glad to talk with you more on email and i'm... by Juanita Rose Violini - Jul 4, 03 (#139 of 157)
  • It's a murder mystery and I'm 200 pages into the... by Ronald Heath - Jul 4, 03 (#140 of 157)
  • Wilma is murdered with a baseball bat (she is... by Ronald Heath - Jul 5, 03 (#141 of 157)
  • Juanita - I'd be very interested in having a copy... by Dramaticat - Jul 7, 03 (#142 of 157)
  • Thank you for saying so... by Juanita Rose Violini - Jul 7, 03 (#143 of 157)
  • The murder took place in the morning, before the... by Ronald Heath - Jul 7, 03 (#144 of 157)
  • Cooking the books is fine for a motive but what's... by Juanita Rose Violini - Jul 8, 03 (#145 of 157)
  • A few clues that I came up with are: A... by Ronald Heath - Jul 8, 03 (#146 of 157)
  • Adrian recieved his cut during the struggle with... by Ronald Heath - Jul 9, 03 (#147 of 157)
  • I finally came up with the following... by R. heath - Jul 10, 03 (#148 of 157)
  • Wow!.. by Juanita Rose Violini - Jul 11, 03 (#149 of 157)
  • What sort of clues should plant that shows that... by Ronald Heath - Jul 11, 03 (#150 of 157)
  • I'm going to have Kevin and Dan have access to a... by Ronald Heath - Jul 12, 03 (#151 of 157)
  • This question is for short story that I'm going to... by Ronald Heath - Jul 20, 03 (#152 of 157)
  • Hi Everyone, I'm have a regular mystery contest... by Juanita Rose Violini - Feb 22, 04 (#153 of 157)
  • I'm looking for examples of brilliant case solving... by mary robertson - Oct 28, 04 (#154 of 157)
  • Agatha Christie is definately the Master of the... by Juanita Rose Violini - Oct 29, 04 (#155 of 157)
  • I would like to know how to really start a... by Mary Grether - Aug 1, 05 (#156 of 157)
  • Mysteries aren't so different from other... by Juanita Rose Violini - Aug 7, 05 (#157 of 157)

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