Thriller Roundtable

August 20 – 26: “How would you blend a mystery and a thriller?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5If a mystery is a tale about solving a crime while a thriller is about stopping one, how would you write a blend of the two? That’s the question posed to this week’s all-star lineup of ITW Members: James Hilton, Linda Bennett Pennell, Nick Kolakowski, Mysti Berry, Richard Mabry, David Simms, Frank Zafiro, Dave Zeltserman, R. J. Pineiro, Martin Roy Hill, Ellison Cooper, Arthur Kerns and Alex Lettau. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along!

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August 13 – 19: “How do you write, from the seat of your pants or are you a planner?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Plotter or pantser? Since early man began scratching stories onto the walls of caves, the age-old question has been asked: How do you write, from the seat of your pants or are you a planner? This week ITW Members Ann Simas, James Hilton, Linda Bennett Pennell, Nick Kolakowski, Lynn Cahoon, Charles Salzberg, Kellye Garrett, Mysti Berry, Richard Mabry, David Bell, David Simms, Frank Zafiro, Ronie Kendig and Lane Stone will take a crack at it. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along!

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August 6 – 12: “Do you enjoy films with authors as protagonists?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Whether it’s The Motorcycle Diaries and Midnight in Paris, or Misery and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, writers have always played some of our favorite protagonists. This week we ask ITW members James Hilton, Lynn Cahoon, Mysti Berry, David Bell, David Simms, Frank Zafiro and R. J. Pineiro the age-old question: Do you enjoy films with authors as protagonists? Why? Scroll down to the “comments” section to see how this one plays out!

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July 30 – August 5: “What is the best clue you have inserted into a novel as a writer?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Clues foreshadow how plots unfold and characters react. This week we’re joined by ITW Members Alan Jacobson, Jay Brandon, Robert J. Stava, Sarah Simpson and David Orange as they answer the question: What is the best clue you have inserted into a novel as a writer? Scroll down to the “comments” section to see how this unfolds!

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July 23 – 29: “How do you choose your character’s names?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5With ThrillerFest firmly in our rearview mirror and our writing bucket full of inspiration, we turn to ITW Members Alan Jacobson, Patrick Oster, Jay Brandon, Robert J. Stava, Paul D. Brazill, Kim Alexander, Sarah Simpson, William Boyle, David Orange and Lisa Black as they discuss how they choose their character’s names. Scroll down to the “comments” section to see what they have to say!

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July 16 – 22: “How do you set up those grand, loud, all-out climaxes?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Post ThrillerFest we’re discussing those grand climaxes so often associated with thrillers. We’re joined by ITW Members Martin Roy Hill, Alan Jacobson, Sandra Block, Robert J. Stava, Sarah Simpson, J.H. Bográn and Carole Lawrence as they answer the question: “Thrillers are known for their grand, loud, all-out climaxes. How do you set them up?” Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You won’t be sorry!

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July 9 – 15: “What is the most common mistake writers make in approaching an agent?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5With ThrillerFest starting this week and Pitchfest on Thursday we’re honored to be joined this week by literary agents and editors Jill Marr, Chantelle Aimée Osman, Gina Panettieri, Peter Rubie, Ann Leslie Tuttle, Paula Munier and Terrie Wolf as they reveal the most common mistake writers make when approaching an agent. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You really won’t want to miss this!
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July 2 – 8: “How much editing/revisions do you do before sending a new project to a publisher?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5With Pitchfest on the horizon we’re honored to be joined this week by literary agents and editors Chantelle Aimée Osman, Jill Marr, Gina Panettieri, Peter Rubie, Ann Leslie Tuttle, Paula Munier and Terrie Wolf. This week’s question: How much editing/revisions you do before sending a new project to a publisher? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You really won’t want to miss this!
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June 25 – July1: “Can you define the one thing that makes you sign an author?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5With Pitchfest on the horizon we’re honored to be joined this week by literary agents and editors Lynnette Novak, Jessica Faust, Chantelle Aimée Osman, Jill Marr, Gina Panettieri, Peter Rubie, Ann Leslie Tuttle and Paula Munier as they discuss the question: Can you define the one thing that makes you sign an author? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along. You really won’t want to miss this!

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June 18 – 24: “What’s the advantage of having a blurb from another author?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re taking about blurbs with ITW Members Paul Levine, Paul Sinor, David Simms, J.H. Bográn, T.J. O’Connor and Arthur Kerns. What’s the advantage of having a blurb from another author and how do you choose who to ask? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along – you won’t want to miss this!

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June 11 – 17: “How long does it take you to finish the first draft?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Stephen King has said a novel’s draft should be done in three months. this week ITW Members Paul Levine, Ammar Habib, Paul Sinor, Katee Robert, Lisa Von Biela, David Simms, E.M. Powell and T.J. O’Connor discuss how long it takes them to finish the first draft? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along!

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June 4 – 10: “How do you plan your summer writing schedule?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Summer’s almost here and inquiring minds want to know: How do you plan your summer writing schedule? Does it change through the seasons? Join ITW Members Rich Wickliffe, Paul Gitsham, Ammar Habib, Lisa Von Biela and David Simms as they discuss how their writing ritual changes throughout the seasons. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along!

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May 28 – June 3: “How do you deal with writer’s block?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5It’s something we’ve all had to deal with at one time or another: writer’s block. This week we’re joined by ITW Members Rob Leininger, Bob Mayer, Judy Penz Sheluk, Jon Land, Paul D. Marks and R.G. Belsky to discuss how they deal with writer’s block? Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along – you won’t want to miss this!

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May 21 – 27: “First person or third person or something else?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5First person or third person or something else? This week ITW Members Erica Miner, Chris Malburg, Sanjida Kay, Judy Penz Sheluk, Mitch Silver, Patricia Rosemoor, Jon Land, Martin Roy HillDave Zeltserman, Paul D. Marks and R.G. Belsky will discuss how they decide. Scroll down to the comments section to learn more!

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May 14 – 20: “Do you prefer to write during the early morning or the dead of night?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re joined by ITW Members Mariah Fredericks, Erica Miner, Sanjida Kay, Judy Penz Sheluk, Mitchell Silver, Paul D. Marks and Arthur Kerns as they discuss when they write: Do you prefer to write during the early morning or the dead of night? Why? Early birds should scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along!

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