Thirst: On Writing, Harry, & Flying Jumbo Jets by Jo Nesbø

Thirst: On Writing, Harry, & Flying Jumbo Jets by Jo Nesbø (Excerpts)

What am I thinking when I set out to write a book? First of all, I think it’s impossible. It’s impossible to transform my thoughts and feelings into letters that can convey them to a reader without losing most of—and the most important parts of—their meaning. And it’s definitely  impossible for these vague, sound-mimicking symbols to […]

The Long Shadow of Raymond Chandler...

The Long Shadow of Raymond Chandler…

   The Long Shadow of Raymond Chandler… Raymond Chandler changed my life. I was assigned to read The Long Goodbye for class, and although only five chapters were assigned, I devoured the whole book in one night. As a young writer, I wasn’t sure what sort of stories I wanted to write, but Chandler’s prose, […]

Tweet This: Social Media's Impact on Fiction

Tweet This: Social Media Has a big impact on Nonfiction

Tweet This: Social Media Has a big impact on Nonfiction   The benefit of writing a nonfiction mystery story this way is that you can transport the reader into the narrative so they get lost in its pages. One of the best techniques to draw the reader in is to paint a picture of what […]

Six Reasons You’re Not as Creative as You Could Be

Six Reasons You’re Not as Creative as You Could Be

Six Reasons You’re Not as Creative as You Could Be   Years ago, I attended a writers’ conference. After my speech was over, I sat in on a talk given by a writing professor, and what she said has stayed with me ever since. A woman in the audience lamented that she wanted to write, […]

Mission Create Compelling Plots

YOUR MISSION: CREATE COMPELLING PLOTS

YOUR MISSION: CREATE COMPELLING PLOTS   Sheesh! Give me a more difficult question, please! I’ve been writing novels for over 30 years, and I can tell you how to be a soccer referee or fly an ILS approach to minimums, but explaining and taking apart plot requires some thought. But as all of us authors […]

The Perverse Life of a Novelist

The Perverse Life of a Novelist

The Perverse Life of a Novelist The first time you get to experience something is so sweet. You feel exalted the first time you see a movie you love, like Groundhog Day, you see a play you love, like Hamilton, you see a show you love, like Magic Mike Live in Las Vegas, you read […]

Seven Rules for Writing Science-Based Fiction

Seven Rules for Writing Science-Based Fiction

Seven Rules for Writing Science-Based Fiction Fiction with a scientific angle has seen a major renaissance in recent years, from The Martian to The Circle to apocalyptic novels like Wool. Movies such as Interstellar, Life, Avatar, and Arrival have captured the public’s imagination with their science-heavy themes. What’s going on here? Isn’t this the age […]

TEN TIPS FOR WRITING CRIME FICTION

TEN TIPS FOR WRITING CRIME FICTION

TEN TIPS FOR WRITING CRIME FICTION (SOME MORE SERIOUS THAN OTHERS)   1.     READ! I know this sounds blindingly obvious, but I’m constantly amazed by the number of people I meet who tell me they are writing something, then stare at me blankly when I ask them what kind of stuff they enjoy reading. Every […]

The Key to Creating Great Characters

The Key to Creating Great Characters

The Key to Creating Great Characters Among the great strokes of good fortune — and there were many junctures where I could have gone awry — was the decision to write about, via fiction, my small marina family at Tarpon Bay, Sanibel Island, Florida, where I was a fishing guide from 1974 to 1987.  This […]