Posts Tagged "thrillers"


Guns in thrillers shouldn’t glamorize violence–even when the hero is the best shot I’ve only fired a gun on a single occasion, though guns have frequently been pointed at me during my time as a Middle East correspondent. Still, in my writing, I’ve blown away many a bad guy and just as many good guys with guns in thrillers. I write crime fiction. In thrillers bad things happen. Often involving guns. It’s much like life....

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Remember how it feels to feel bad, endure it positively, and write it down When something bad happens to a writer, the experience is great material for something bad happening to your characters. Remember the feelings, the way your mind processed it and the sensations of tension in your heart, your veins. Get it all down on paper and save it for when you need to give those emotions to a character. The experience can teach you how to...

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The story of a Stalin bloodline is truly chilling What? Not Enigma? Not The Ghost? Right, not Enigma. Definitely not The Ghost. In Archangel, Robert Harris brought together the parts that have made each of his other novels in some way remarkable. There’s a historical What-if mystery, an erudite figure at the center of the book, and a chilling final section filled with tension. A British historian travels to Russia for a conference....

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Child’s evocation of the Dakota winter shows how well he writes Lee Child is justly famous for creating a compelling main character in the loner Jack Reacher and for building plots that turn the pages for you — and fast. In 61 Hours Lee Child shows how well he can create an atmosphere and a location. The frozen tundra of Dakota is the setting and it’s almost a character in the plot. After I read 61 Hours I went back to some...

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Figure out the end of the novel before you start to write The great thriller writer Joseph Finder told me that figuring out the end of a thriller plot is key to getting started. “Gotta know the destination,” he said. (More from Joseph on plot.)                                 Take a look at my diagram of the outline for a thriller plot (You’ve seen...

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