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Mystery Writing Prompts

Creative Mystery Writing Prompts

Mystery writing prompts can be a great way to start your story when you're suffering from a case of writer's block. Flip through this slideshow from LoveToKnow Freelance Writing for a selection of ideas you can use for your next project.

What's Wrong?

Write a story that begins "As soon as I arrived, I could sense that something was out of place..."

Unusual Murder Weapons

What is the most unusual murder weapon you can think of? Write a story in which this item is prominently featured.

A Late Night Swim

You sneak into the swimming pool at the local country club for a late night swim, but are shocked to find a dead body floating in the pool. What happens next?

Halloween Fright

Set your story in a haunted house that is fully decorated for Halloween.

A Heated Argument

Imagine you receive a phone call from the police informing you that your father's body has been found near an abandoned factory. The night before, you heard him in a heated argument with your uncle over a failed investment. What do you do next?

Winning at All Costs

Write a mystery in which the guilty person is a politician who is running for office and determined to win the election ---even if it means breaking the law.

For more writing prompts, please see the LoveToKnow Freelance Writing slideshow Free Writing Prompts.

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Mystery Writing Prompts