A Lesson in Organic Writing by Steven James

Have you ever tried to write a thriller organically?

I’ve been mulling over mine for quite a bit now and I can never figure out how to keep the plot moving and fresh.

Reading this article by Steven James has been an eye-opener. He uses only these four questions, when he feels he gets stuck on the plot:

  1. “What would this character naturally do?”
  2. “How can I make things worse?”
  3. “How can I include a twist?”
  4. “What promises have I made as a writer that I have not yet kept?”

And somehow they lead to new plot points, new ideas that can be developed further as the novel progresses.

If you want to read more about writing organically, follow the link to the article, where Steven James explains how he used his questions to write his own novel, Every Deadly Kiss.


Karin Slaughter and Lee Child: An Email Exchange

Lee Child
Karin Slaughter

I have just come across this email exchange between Karin Slaughter and Lee Child, talking about the writing life and specifics on writing thrillers. Having read books by both these authors, I loved reading about their exchange in opinions and hearing about the writing of their books.

If you’re interested on reading the exchange too, follow this link for the full exchange that was uploaded to Karin Slaughter’s website a few years back.

Enjoy reading!


Productivity Tool: Hourglass

I just saw this on Joseph Finder’s website here and I really want one now!

There are hourglasses that run for thirty or sixty minutes and he uses them as a productivity tool: he will keep writing until the sand has run out!

Does anyone else use this as a productivity tool?

I really want one! I’ve checked Amazon and Ebay, but the nice ones that run 60 minutes are all fifty+ bucks.. Now I must decide whether it’s worth that much or not…! I think it would be cool for writing sprints, though perhaps a ten minute one would suffice for that..



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