Professional mystery writers have been hailed as writers with exceptionally brilliant creative writing skills. Almost all major countries of the world have set up organizations to guide, support, inform, and even reward works of outstanding quality. The Mystery Writers of America and Honkaku Mystery Writers Cub of Japan are fine examples of such associations that have been involved with the onerous work of giving due recognition to mystery writers. During the nascent stage writers of this genre can start by writing short stories or poems and graduate to authoring novels. Those more interested in show-casing their talent on the screen or the stage may take up composing screenplays. There are numerous options to choose from and it is rather important to select the most appropriate form of writing that will bring out the best in the author and give him immense satisfaction.
The anthologies of mystery usually make engrossing read and it is of little wonder that they are the first ones to begin looking tattered in a library. A novel that insinuates a difficult-to-solve mystery has wide readership besides the zealous translators taking a dig at it to entice international markets. Mystery writers require special know-how in order to do justice to their compositions, the prime one being keen minds. The ability to weave a story using detectives, crime, clues, ancient relics, places or events shrouded in mystique are further assets. If a writer laces the story with some means to relieve the mounting tension, there would be nothing like it! Mystery writers may be perfectly capable of compiling any of the sub-genres and are branded according to the style they adopt. The popular sub-genres of mystery may be categorized according to the people involved in solving it; common examples being the police, archeologists, FBI, young adults, or women. Time and place where the story unfolds could also be used to group mystery thrillers under separate banners.
Serialized production of writing is fairly common in books and screenplays of mystery genre. Mystery writers enjoy freedom to conduct investigation in any realm of life — past or present. Today mystery is closely knitted with horror and it is difficult to pack them in water-tight compartments. This gives the authors of this remarkable niche wider berth, making it possible for them to cross over the boundaries of one another. There are few elements that mystery writers invariably use in their narratives:
Detective with perhaps a partner
Crime or problem to be unraveled
Law enforcing agency
Motive for the involvement of the detective
Extra characters, often used as tension relievers or mislead the detective
Young kids are also fond of mysteries and identify with the protagonist. There are specially written books to cater to this segment of society. Kids are amused by stories that baffle their young minds. Mystery is a great genre to take to, providing innumerable opportunities to exhibit the talent of the writer and with consistent efforts, be conferred with the Grand Master Award or the Edgar Award.