So Thrilling, it’s Criminal
It’s a collection of reflections followed by step-by-step recommendations on how, what, and why to write. Michelle, unlike me (I am definitely an Organic Writer), is an Organized Writer down to her bones, but both of us agreed that we needed to include a series of essays from a bunch of other crime & thriller writers. Twenty-six of them, to be precise, names that appear regularly on bestseller and awards lists across the globe.
Like Laura Lippman. Laura has won pretty much everything there is to win, she hits the charts every time, she has a long string of superb books behind her–and like every one of us, old-timer or newbie, Laura writes by putting down one word at a time. Why does she do it? Because it’s a life that lets her make things up. Here, let Laura introduce her own piece:
… it seems to me that a lot of writers have lost faith in their imaginations. They talk about their research. They confess which moving passages have been lifted, virtually intact, from their own lives. Both are fine, good, even. But whatever happened to making stuff up? That’s what I heard Donald Westlake say early in my writing life. ‘I became a writer so I could make things up.’ Bingo!
The problem, I think, is that we believe imagination is magical and therefore not something we can control. You can’t will yourself to have an idea, can you? Well … actually, you can.
Crime and Thriller Writing, by Michelle Spring and Laurie R. King, in paperback (signed by at least half of the two authors, if you like, at Bookshop Santa Cruz) or from Barnes & Noble/Nook, or from Amazon/Kindle.
Twenty-eight experts for the price of one.
Happy birthday, Letters of Mary!
If you’d like to exercise your writing skills in the company of amiable, talented, and like-minded Friends of Mary Russell, you might look at joining the group Letters of Mary, here. This is strictly a fan group–I am not involved with it, although I am friends with many of the members. To celebrate the eighth anniversary of this vibrant community, they are doing a giveaway of ten copies of Crime & Thriller Writing during the month of September. Drop in, take a look, and tell ’em Laurie said hi!