Originally Posted by Mouse
Yes, very true.
Interesting what you say about the breadcrumbs too. Sometimes I'm writing something, leaving clues, and I'm thinking it's so obvious... only to have someone else read it and not have a clue.
I've just written the first scene now where the killer appears properly and I'm thinking to myself that this is where the reader will get who it is. Even though I don't want them to until I'm writing from the killer's PoV.
But, I'll have to write it and then get somebody else who doesn't know what I'm doing, to read it and see.
I've run into this little breadcrumb dilemma, at times. I find that whole loaves of bread are sometimes more effective. Though, I often use abrupt character kill-offs, and a variety of story shifts, so it may be hard to pick up the trail.