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Archive for February 2017

What Makes Thriller Writers Tick

  “What’s the best way to assassinate someone and make it look like an accident?” “How about poisons—which are undetectable in an autopsy?” In most circles, these types of questions would be cause for alarm—and notification of the authorities. Not so at Thrillerfest, the premiere writer’s conference for thriller writers where talk about death, murder,…

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Writing Advice: Take it or Toss it?

Thrillerfest Panel – Are you a Blue Blood? Portraying Accurate Police Work   Every July, I spend four days in New York with the best of the best in the thriller game. Last year was my fifth Thrillerfest conference, and once again, it was illuminating, informative, and inspirational. The hardest decision to make during those action…

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Show, Don't Tell

  A familiar axiom of writing is “show, don’t tell”.  We hear it everywhere: from teachers, in articles, in writing workshops. For a long time, I had no idea what it actually meant. What do you mean, don’t tell? Aren’t we storytellers? My natural inclination was to sit down and tell what happened; hovering above…

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