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Can a Mystery be a "whydunnit"?

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    Posted: 12 Oct 2019 at 2:32am
Got 1-2 pages of a "we know who did it but we don't know why" type script, a la 'The Sinner'. If I keep it focused on the mystery aspect, is this an acceptable response to the genre assignment? 
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I would try turning that inside out.  Write it in prose first, briefly, that helps me.

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OK. I am probably not getting this very well at all. But what do you mean by "turning it inside out"?
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We don't know who, but we think we know why?  Then drop hints as you look over all the rest of the clues?  By writing it out a little you will be surprised at how you suddenly come up with stuff.

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Thank you!! I have written out your advice at the top of my notebook page. I am finding myself losing the mystery as I keep adding more scenes, so I think I do need to switch things up.
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