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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Mystery and Thriller Writing Prompts Freebie of the Month for June 15th

Mystery and Thriller Writing Prompts Freebie of the Month for June 15th

Mystery and Thriller Writing Prompts Freebie of the Month for June 15th

The free writing prompts of the month for June 2021 have a mystery and thriller theme. As always, there are 6 prompts with text and 6 with images only for whatever inspires the writer. One children's coloring page is included, too, in case one might be needed for a writers' group. 


The police-line-do-not-cross prompt could apply to many stories. There is so much in the news lately a writing piece idea should not be difficult. Many stories begin with a detective arriving at a crime scene to begin gathering clues. 
Mystery and Thriller Writing Prompts Freebie of the Month for June 15th

Remember or ever heard of the television show Columbo? This detective seemed to not have a clue yet somehow at the end of every episode the suspect would almost get away with something when he would say, "I just have one more question!" He would nail the suspect for the crime. This prompt would be for writing the last chapter first, a technique used by Margaret Mitchell in Gone with the Win. Have you ever tried to write a book backward? 

Mystery and Thriller Writing Prompts Freebie of the Month for June 15th

Ah, the old "leave the gun in the victim's hand" ploy. Just wipe the gun clean and press his fingerprints all over the gun. Obviously, he is the criminal! No? Maybe this will inspire you to write a story that shows he was not the guilty party. 


How many times has the older, wiser detective just retired without solving the biggest case of his life, removed his badge, and then had an ah-ha moment? Well, that is one idea for beginning a story. 


Here we have someone waiting in the dark until another person leaves a building. Will she? Could she? What happens? 

Mystery and Thriller Writing Prompts Freebie of the Month for June 15th

Maybe children are waiting for the writing group to finish. Here is a coloring page for them. 

Mystery and Thriller Writing Prompts Freebie of the Month for June 15th


We hope you like this month's prompts! Check back on the 15th of each month for another free instant download PDF. 

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

The prompts are on Carolyn Howard-Johnson's Sharing with Writers and Readers Blog and post the 15th of each month. 

MORE ABOUT THE BLOGGER Howard-Johnson is the multi award-winning author of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. She is also a marketing consultant, editor, and author of the multi-award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers including the multi-award-winning The Frugal Book Promoter (http://bit.ly/FrugalBookPromoIII), now offered by Modern History Press in its third edition. Carolyn's latest is in the #HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers is How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically. She has two booklets in the #HowToDoItFrugally Series, both in their second editions from Modern History Press. Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers (http://bit.ly/LastMinuteEditsII) and The Great First Impression Book Proposal (http://bit.ly/BookProposalsII) are career boosters in mini doses and both make ideal thank you gifts for authors. The Frugal Editor (http://bit.ly/FrugalEditor), now in its second edition, is the winningest book in the series. Carolyn also has three frugal books for retailers including one she encourages authors to read because it helps them convince retailers to host their workshops, presentations, and signings. It is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques (http://bit.ly/RetailersGuide). In addition to this blog, Carolyn helps writers extend the exposure of their favorite reviews at TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com. She also blogs at all things editing--grammar, formatting and more--at The Frugal, Smart, and Tuned-In Editor (http://TheFrugalEditor.blogspot.com). Learn more and follow for news on her new releases direct from Amazon: http://bit.ly/CarolynsAmznProfile.




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