The Rules of the Game

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A short story in which, through analysis of a man's idea for a mystery novel, certain rules are set in regards to the creation of locked room murders. Largely inspired by "Knox's Ten Commandments" and "Van Dine's Twenty Rules for Writing Detective Stories".
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About John M. Redoix

I'm afraid I do not feel a particular need to share much about who I am or who I may not be. I doubt many readers would care for such things in the long run; especially if my work fails to live up to their standards. So I will try to keep this as simple as I possibly can. Thus, I may end up disappointing some who usually take interest in biographies (I'm not that interesting of a person anyway, so I do not believe I've spared you too much, however).

I write detective fiction. Heavily inspired by the Golden Age. As an amateur, my degree of success on the field is unknown even to me. Hopefully I will manage to present my views well enough through my works (or, hell, maybe I won't manage to bring myself to ever write something else) and represent the genre that I find the most interesting with some form of dignity.

As an author, my ultimate wish, though, is what all authors want. To be read.
In this early stage of my life, I do not find it necessary to live off of writing, but there are many people who turn to it, putting all their hopes and dreams, only to be left in the dirt and be buried with thousands and thousands of others just because they failed in advertising. And that is, perhaps, the worst part about the industry. Everyone hopes for a miracle - a chance for their voice to be heard - but only a few get that chance. And, most tragically of all, it often has nothing to do with their talent. The closest thing that would assure one a higher chance of being noticed would be by following the trends, I suppose. But in that case, writing becomes a tight constraint - instead of writing about what you want, you write about what you absolutely need to write to slightly increase your chance of success. And that is simply a shame, in my opinion.

Still - if nothing else - I hope that you will indulge by reading what few stories I have. If you are a struggling writer, I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors and hope that you can get through the hardest part of writing (which, ironically, isn't even the writing itself).

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Review by: shario1 on Dec. 27, 2014 :
Interesting.Had some spelling errors that bothered me a little but didn't interfere with the story.
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Review by: GlennAndSasha Gabriel on Sep. 15, 2014 :
An interesting mystery. Would make a great longer story. Nicely done.

Look forward to more stories, perhaps a full length novel :)

Thanks for the story,
Glenn.
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