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Author Topic: "Mystery" Synopsis question  (Read 5130 times)
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« on: September 09, 2015, 09:01:28 PM »

I know that secondary/minor characters should be left out of a synopsis, but I'm stuck! My antagonist is an unseen character throughout the MS, and his identity is only revealed at the very end—it turns out he's a VERY minor character. How do I connect this character to the antagonist in my synopsis if he's not a major player? Do I mention him by name when he appears in the story anyway? Or should I just leave him faceless/nameless until the very end? Any suggestions are very much appreciated!

P.S. "Mystery" is in quotations because it's not quite a traditional mystery.
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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2015, 10:49:35 PM »

If it were me I would introduce him in order of appearance however he was introduced in the story.  If his name is not known till the end then that is where I would put it.

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Mary's date had the worse breathe ...

When the plumber arrived it was Mary date from the party and his breathe still stank ...

When I awoke tied to the chair I knew the killer was John, Mary's foul mouthed date.


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"You look at these scattered houses, and you are impressed by their beauty. I look at them, and the only thought which comes to me is a feeling of isolation and the impunity with which crime may be committed there." - Sherlock Homes, The Copper Beeches - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2015, 01:19:32 PM »

Thanks, Michelle! As you're the board's resident mystery writer, I was hoping you'd reply. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2015, 05:54:29 PM »

You're welcome.

There are a few of us adult mystery writers here.

"Not  quite a traditional mystery"  - intrigued???
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"You look at these scattered houses, and you are impressed by their beauty. I look at them, and the only thought which comes to me is a feeling of isolation and the impunity with which crime may be committed there." - Sherlock Homes, The Copper Beeches - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2015, 11:55:01 PM »

"Not  quite a traditional mystery"  - intrigued???

Nothing quite so exciting, unfortunately. The story has a crime, clues, and some amateur detectives, but it's a bit less hard-hitting than a traditional mystery (i.e. more quiet in tone?), if that makes sense.
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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2015, 01:00:03 AM »

Is it an amateur or cozy mystery?

Here is a list of categories, not that you asked?

http://www.writersdigest.com/wp-content/uploads/Mystery-Sub-categories-Essentials-of-Mystery-Writing-Session-1-Supplements.pdf
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« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2015, 01:02:04 PM »


For some reason, I missed this reply. That list is fantastic, thank you! And I'd say my story is definitely an amateur/juvenile-YA mystery.
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