Everything you don’t know is a mystery.
There’s the mundane: “Are those leftovers in the fridge still good?” There’s the unsettling: “Why is someone watching my house at night?” There’s the frightening: “Why do I hear movement in the attic?”
Mystery adds tension and encourages involvement. I know because I’ve been an inquisitive sort with a big imagination since I was little. Ancient ruins on a hill in the middle of a forest? Bring it on!
As a writer, and considering what I write, it’s to my advantage to see life’s mysteries and recognize the value in even the smallest ones. Yes, serve up as many as possible as mysteries. Meaning, don’t rush into giving away information. You may believe you’re helping the reader, but instead all you’re doing is boring the reader and stealing the mystery.
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