I looked down at the tiny cars way down below. They were so far away, they almost looked like toy cars. I sighed and turned back into the room hundreds of floors above.
“You sure you want to do this?”
The man opposite me nodded solemnly. He was down on one knee, looking at me with pleading eyes.
“I can’t do this no more.”
I stared into his sea green eyes, wishing I could tell him not to do this, telling him to go back home to his wife and pretend like nothing had happened.
Slowly, I raised my right arm and pointed the gun somewhere between those eyes. There was no way I could let him do that and he knew it.
Silently, the bullet tore threw his body.
When I turned back to the window to look down, the two cars were gone.
Sunday Photo Fiction, October 22nd 2017
“The world is chaos, punctuated by brief outbreaks of civilisation.”
-Kyle Mills, The Survivor
“If everyone howled at every injustice, every act of barbarism, every act of unkindness, then we would be taking the first step towards a real humanity.”
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:
- “What would this character naturally do?”
- “How can I make things worse?”
- “How can I include a twist?”
- “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.
“Many people believe that evil is the presence of something. I think it’s the absence of something.”
-Lisa Unger, Sliver of Truth
I have just finished reading Sting by Sandra Brown. I think I may just have found a new favourite author. Absolutely loved the book!
When Jordie Bennet and Shaw Kinnard lock eyes across a disreputable backwater bar, something definitely sparks. Shaw gives off a dangerous vibe that makes men wary and inspires women to sit up and take notice. None feel that undercurrent more strongly than savvy businesswoman Jordie, who doesn’t belong in a seedy dive on the banks of a bayou. But here she is . . . and Shaw Kinnard is here to kill her.
As Shaw and his partner take aim, Jordie is certain her time has come. But Shaw has other plans and abducts Jordie, hoping to get his hands on the $30 million her brother has stolen and, presumably, hidden. However, Shaw is not the only one looking for the fortune. Her brother’s ruthless boss and the FBI are after it as well. Now on the run from the feds and a notorious criminal, Jordie and Shaw must rely on their wits-and each other-to stay alive.
Miles away from civilization and surrounded by swampland, the two play each other against their common enemies. Jordie’s only chance of survival is to outwit Shaw, but it soon becomes clear to Shaw that Jordie isn’t entirely trustworthy, either. Was she in on her brother’s scam, or is she an innocent pawn in a deadly vendetta? And just how valuable is her life to Shaw, her remorseless and manipulative captor? Burning for answers-and for each other-this unlikely pair ultimately make a desperate move that could be their last.
These are two helpful links on writing successful thriller novels I have just come across:
10 Basic Ingredients of a Successful Thriller
The Five Cs of Writing a Great Thriller Novel
Good luck writing!
“I define a thriller as a big-stakes, multiple-viewpoint novel involving suspense, action and mystery, in which the reader doesn’t know everything but usually knows more than any single character.”
-F. Paul Wilson
“You know, people call mystery novels or thrillers ‘puzzles.’ I never understood that, because when I buy a puzzle, I already know what it is. It’s on the box. And even if I don’t, if it’s a 5,000-piece puzzle of the ‘Mona Lisa’, it’s not like I put the last piece in and go, ‘I had no idea it’s the ‘Mona Lisa’!'”