Knowing Writing: Plotter vs Pantsers

Knowing Writing: Plotter vs Pantsers

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I won’t try to convince you that I’ve never plotted any more than I’d try to convince you that I’ve never told a lie, but I do both as infrequently as possible. I distrust plot for two reasons: first, because our lives are largely plotless, even when you add in all our reasonable precautions and careful planning; and second, because I believe plotting and the spontaneity of real creation aren’t compatible. Those are from the words of Stephen King, the often titled the King of Horror, and he deserved that title even if his last name wasn’t “king”. However, that …

The 2019 ITW Thriller Award Winners Have Been Announced

The 2019 ITW Thriller Award Winners Have Been Announced

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International Thriller Writers (ITW) is proud to announce the most thrilling authors of 2019. The winners of this year’s ITW Thriller Awards are: BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL Jennifer Hillier — JAR OF HEARTS (Minotaur Books) BEST FIRST NOVEL C. J. Tudor — THE CHALK MAN (Crown) BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL NOVEL Jane Harper — THE LOST MAN (Pan Macmillan Australia)   BEST SHORT STORY Helen Smith — “Nana” in KILLER WOMEN: CRIME CLUB ANTHOLOGY #2 (Killer Women Ltd.) BEST E-BOOK ORIGINAL NOVEL Alan Orloff — PRAY FOR THE INNOCENT (Kindle Press) BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL Teri Bailey Black — GIRL AT THE GRAVE (Tor …

This Author’s Story of Dealing With Sexism Will Surprise You

This Author’s Story of Dealing With Sexism Will Surprise You

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You seem so nice. This is something people often say to bestselling thriller writer Lisa Unger upon meeting her. It seems strange that people should be surprised, considering her books are no more violent than the usual psychological thriller. They’re not gory, they’re not showy. So why do some feel so baffled that she is writing violence that is none too different to that of her male counterparts? You already know the answer, as does Lisa Unger. In fact, when asked about why she writes about violence against women in her books, she responded, “I’ll stop writing about it when …

Did You Notice These Authors in Their On-Screen Movie Cameos?

Did You Notice These Authors in Their On-Screen Movie Cameos?

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Just this past weekend, during the annual thriller-writers conference, Thrillerfest, authors R.L. Stine, Lee Child, David Morrell, Heather Graham, and George R.R. Martin had a chance to sit together and discuss social media, their struggles as they strived for success, some of the stranger things fans have said to them during meet-and-greets, and more.   Three of the wordsmiths even decided to delve on into the world of Hollywood and discuss the quirks, fumbles, and just all-around generalized awkwardness that can come with doing a cameo-appearance in your own book-to-film adaptation (it was exactly everything you’d expect and oh, so much more)! …

‘Subterranean’ Author James Rollins Owes His Career to Life Coach Tony Robbins

‘Subterranean’ Author James Rollins Owes His Career to Life Coach Tony Robbins

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During an interview at the annual four-day conference of bestselling thriller-authors from all across the globe, Thrillerfest, acclaimed science fiction and action author James Rollins admitted that his career may not have begun exactly as he’s stated in the past…   I reached my thirtieth birthday and thought, ‘well, if I really want to be a writer than I’d better start now,’ and that’s exactly what I did…google that story, you’ll see me tell it. I tell that story all the time…and it’s a lie!   Rollins then went on to explain that one night, around two AM, he was dolling out the …