The crew over at Writing Excuses spent the month of June exploring “elemental mystery”. That is, mystery understood not just as a bookstore genre like the murder mystery, but as a fundamental building block of almost all stories. Their discussion is well worth listening to — in fact, their whole series, running since the beginning of the year, on Elemental Genre, is well worth spending some time on.
But it did leave me with a question I don’t have an answer to. Is it possible to write an engaging piece of fiction that does not contain any element of mystery at all? And what would that look like?
Anyone have any thoughts?