“Wanna dance?” The stranger whispers his question from behind my back. His breath tickles against my ear and I look around to see who asks me. I see a man in a black hoodie and jeans. The hood is turned up so I cannot see his face. I want to refuse but something compels me to accept the invitation.
You’re looking at that blank screen, cursor blinking without fail, hands above the keyboard and BAM! Nothing. No inspiration, nothing is coming. You start a sentence, but delete it in the same breath. You have absolutely no idea what to write about. “Writer’s block,” you think. You close your computer and give up. Well, let me tell you that I think writer’s block is a load of BS. I think it doesn’t exist and here’s why.
The setting of your detective story is very important to your narrative. Where and when did the murder take place? Setting your story background has all kinds of implications on the progress of the story. For instance: if your story is set in fourteenth century Italy, you probably don’t have any equipment to examine DNA or fingerprints. Unless your detective can travel through time, which, of course is only possible if you are Doctor Who.
When you start to write a detective story, you need to take seven steps to start your investigation. The steps you take, depend on what kind of investigator your main character is. In general, you will find these seven steps in almost every detective story you read.