I have been sharing a series of pictures on Instagram over the past couple of weeks that outline the process I go through to plot out a story for the Novel-in-a-Day events each year. If you’re a ‘pantser’ who likes to just wing that thing, then the rest of this post will probably give you a bit of a chuckle. It might also give you an interesting framework to retrospectively apply after you’ve done that first draft to test how strong / focused your tale is. For the rest of us, it’s a helpful way to develop a story from scratch. Continue reading
Eight Questions is an occasional series of interviews that I’m including on the site. Being a naturally gifted (read: lazy) interviewer, I will be using the same eight questions in every interview.
This time, the questions are being answered by novelist, David Morrell. As you might expect of the co-founder of the International Thriller Writers, David is widely considered to be a Thriller Writer’s Thriller Writer. His books have set new standards for combining high action / adventure plots with intelligently portrayed characters to produce some of the most compelling stories of the modern era, starting with his 1972 debut novel, First Blood(A), and continuing with the likes of The Brotherhood of the Rose trilogy(B) and many more.
David’s dedication to research and realism is evident in all his books (his website, davidmorrell.net notes that David has been trained in, amongst other things, executive protection, hostage negotiation, defensive/offensive driving, and ‘assuming identities’, and he earned his private pilot’s licence in preparation for writing The Shimmer. He is also an honorary lifetime member of the Special Operations Association and the Association of Intelligence Officers, which probably tells you everything you need to know).
In addition to his productive career writing novels (his thirtieth novel(C) is due to be published next month), David has written three non-fiction books, numerous essays and contributed to such iconic comic books as Captain America and The Amazing Spiderman.
Welcome, David! Continue reading