Thriller Writers: Getting the short Game Right

I was at a book club in Lake Oswego last night, talking about CRASHERS and BREAKING POINT but, really, schnorring free food including key lime pie. Is this a good gig, or what?

I told the club members that I write all of my first drafts longhand in a steno pad with pencils. They marveled, saying that seems like a difficult way to write a 300-page novel.

Which is a good point.

Longhand would be a tough way to maintain the pace and rhythm of a 300-page thriller. But writing longhand in a steno pad is an excellent way to craft a rock-solid five-page scene.

And that’s my job as a novelist: Not to entertain you for 300 pages. To make damn sure I entertain you for the next five.

About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on February 7, 2012, in Blog. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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