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.