I’ve been meaning for a while to do this post, which is kind of a mystery clue generator. If you’re writing a murder mystery, a mystery short story, or even a mystery subplot in any kind of novel, it can be tricky to figure out how the truth comes to light. Hopefully, these examples of clues in a mystery will help.
An important key to mystery writing is to have your detective or amateur sleuth actively seek out the clues. The answers shouldn’t just fall into their lap! They can buddy up to people who might have information, go out of their way to eavesdrop on conversations, or do a little discreet snooping.
The other thing to keep in mind is that not all “clues” should lead to the guilty party! At least a few of them should be misdirects or “red herrings” that make the sleuth—and the reader—suspect someone who’s innocent.
Here’s my list, which it’ll probably make you think of more mystery clue ideas.