Crime Scene Do Not Cross Signage

The Purpose

This prompt comes at you a little differently today. It’s Friday – why not have some fun?

Now, you may not enjoy writing or reading crime as a genre, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid using it in your plot. You can include crime and criminality in books outside of that genre – there’s a lot of freedom in writing these days.

You should definitely consider it.

Crime adds tons of versatility and tension to a plot. If you’re cooking up a deeply intricate tale between two newlyweds, imagine the shock the reader will feel if a dead body turns up on their doorstep.

Now, in a crime book, that’s when the detectives’ POV would take over and the real plot would begin. But in our romance, it goes deeper. The details or MO or evidence – none of that is discussed. Instead, the reader is shown how that traumatic event affects their relationship. You could even get totally out there and use the body as a deep (and slightly sick and twisted) metaphor.

Writing knows no bounds!

The Prompt

He pauses in the doorway, the beginnings of a smile spreading on his lips, and next to it, the blood. It sinks into the dimples on his cheeks, seeping into the once-innocent skin and tainting it with evil.

He takes two steps. Not one, not one and a quarter. But two, full and long. And then he drops the body on the doorstep for the entire world to see.

break in, brutal, burglar

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