Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, born May 22, 1859, pioneered the mystery story with his hero Sherlock Holmes. Holmes was a master of deductive reasoning, using his keen observations to make logical conclusions about people and situations. Take a cue from the master sleuth and delve deeper into your descriptions. Use small, specific details that reveal something significant about a character. What could a scuffed shoe or worn wrist watch indicate? What does a tiny scar say about the character’s past?
For more inspiration: Visit Project Gutenberg’s website to read some of Holmes’ most famous deductions.
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