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What’s your favorite part about reading a mystery novel?
You want to try to solve the case, right? You want to help the detective, telepathically communicate with the characters and figure things out, yes?
Yeah, me too. That’s why red herrings are so important because it allows the reader to not figure things out.
Or… You know, get them stuck for a little while.
What are Red Herrings?
Red herrings is a something that appears to be a clue, but it’s not. It’s fake and it’s just there to throw the characters off the hot trail. It allows the characters and readers alike to go in different directions as they frustratingly try to solve the mystery.
Red herrings can be in the form of anything:
1. An innocent character – An innocent bystander can have motive and reason to go about the crime allowing your detective to suspect him of…
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