Looking over my 2005 fiction output, I notice there are no bona fide mysteries, where a crime has been commited and the protagonist must solve it. This interests me because I was pondering which of last year's stories might be considered for the Short Mystery Fiction Society's Derringer Award.
Oh, well. While I do roughly plan what I write, much of what keeps it exciting for me is to go where the story leads. I almost never end up where I thought I would, and that suprises readers as well.
This said, with further reading, I hope to become better at steering the craft without giving away my destination.