Out Now: 100 Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense Writing Prompts

EDIT: This free promotion has ended. However, you can still download 100 Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense Writing Prompts for its regular price ($0.99) by clicking here.

I’m back from my post-book launch hiatus with … a booklet launch! Despite September being a crazy month, I’ve still written and published 100 Mystery, Thriller and Suspense Writing Prompts (Fiction Ideas Vol. 9).

You can download your copy for FREE on Amazon through October 4.

These genres presented a particular challenge. Given that they have similar themes and motifs, and that their subgenres so often overlap, I really had to push myself to create original, clearly defined prompts for each section. However, I think I’ve succeeded!

With this booklet published, there’s just one genre left in the series. If you don’t already know what it is, I’ll give you a hint: there’s a reason I’ve saved it for October!

You can read the description of 100 Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense Writing Prompts below. Then, make sure to grab your copy before it goes up to full price ($0.99).


9-mystery-thriller-suspenseDo you want to write a twisting mystery or heart-racing thriller? This booklet contains 100 writing prompts to help you get started.

Do you have a suspense tale burning inside you but feel trapped by writer’s block?
Are you an established author looking for fresh, new ideas?

If you’re ready to stop staring at the blank page and start writing NOW, 100 Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense Writing Prompts is the booklet for you. There’s no fluff and no wasted words – just 100 fiction prompts to get you back to what you do best: writing.

100 Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense Writing Prompts is packed with character- and story-focused prompts to jumpstart your fiction. The prompts have been carefully designed to address the various motifs of these stories – from clever sleuths to fast-paced action to intricate conspiracies.

Inside, you’ll find prompts related to the following subgenres:

1. Cozy Mystery
2. Financial
3. International
4. Legal
5. Medical
6. Military
7. Paranormal
8. Political
9. Psychological
10. Technothriller

Each section contains 10 thought-provoking prompts. Practice them in order, or dive right into to what inspires you most. You’ve already wasted enough energy on writer’s block. It’s time to craft your next riveting tale.

Uncover the words that have eluded you. Download 100 Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense Writing Prompts today.


SAMPLE PROMPTS

Cozy Mystery
A statue of the town’s founder (who happens to be your character’s ancestor) is vandalized. The police quickly brush it off as teenage mischief. However, your character recognizes something in the evidence that makes her think the crime is personal. Does her family have any old rivalries or enemies? What family secrets might her investigation uncover? What other crimes could the vandal commit to prove your character’s suspicions?

Legal
A lawyer wins her client’s case. He is declared innocent, despite being guilty of a serious crime. Although freed and unable to be re-tried, the client fears the lawyer will expose the truth about his guilt and bring him harm another way. He begins stalking the lawyer to ensure her silence and perhaps turns violent in his paranoia. How does the lawyer react to his harassment? Does she feel guilty about setting him free? Can she prevent him from committing a worse crime against her?

 

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Kate M. Colby is an author of science fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction. When she is not writing or working, Kate enjoys playing video games, antiquing, and wine tasting. She lives in the United States with her husband and furry children.

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13 comments on “Out Now: 100 Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense Writing Prompts
  1. Thanks Kate! I’ve downloaded my copy and will look forward to reading it soon. It intrigues me that on Amazon.com the category is called “Mystery, Thriller and Suspense” whereas in the UK the equivalent category is called “Crime, Thriller and Mystery.” I wonder why that is? I guess you don’t have so much crime in the US, unlike us criminally minded Europeans 😉

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    • Thanks, Margarita! I’m not sure why they’re grouped that way either, but that’s certainly an interesting difference. I’ve always viewed crime as a category unto itself, but it does often go hand-in-hand with mystery and thriller — part of what made these so tough to write!

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  2. Since it was free, how could I resist. Be glad to give it a look.

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  3. Reblogged this on GIP and commented:
    Just in time for October.. Get your spook on courtesy of Kate. 🙂

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  4. Thanks, Kate, for this great offer. 🙂 — Suzanne

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