Posted on 02/28/2022 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The red-herring character in a mystery novel (or in a mystery plot line in any genre of novel) draws the reader's eye away from the real culprit.

But writing teacher Dimitri Vorontzov wants to toss another fish into your lineup: the green herring.

That's his shorthand for disguising — or camouflaging — the actual villain, so that someone who sniffs out the red herring still has more detective work to do.

Vorontzov's techniques for disguising your mystery's culprit are up at Writer's Digest.

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