I'm having a problem with my WIP. It is a mystery this time around. It's fun writing it too. But I'm having a couple of snags that I need YOUR advice on.
Snag #1: Leaving clues. The mysteries I have been reading all leave clues at the RIGHT time and in the RIGHT place. And the clues the authors leave aren't obvious. They aren't tacked on to help you figure out whodunit early on. As a matter of fact, these clues don't even seem like clues at all. They are dropped in, ever so cleverly. You don't even realize they're clues until later on toward the ending when everything is coming together.
My clues were obvious so I took those out. Now the question to my bloggy buddies is this. Should I go on instinct Scott? Will I just figure all of this out? As I read more mysteries, will it just become easier to think of clues to leave?
Or should I worry that this is not the right thing for me to be writing. I haven't had any writers block with this. The words just come. They come fast and furious. It's just this clue leaving business that has me a little stumped.
Snag #2: Can the chapters be short? Some of them have to be. It is a YA this time around for me. I have some chapters that are only 5 typed pages. Can this work? Some chapters are longer, but so far none are over 10 pages. Does this even matter?
I hope some of you can weigh in on this. I need HELP. :) Thanks for reading. :)