Thriller Roundtable

May 7 – 13: “What’s the main difference when writing a short story as opposed to a novel?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Short stories and anthologies are becoming popular again! This week we’re asking ITW Members Judy Penz Sheluk, Mitch Silver, Barb Goffman, J.H. Bográn and Andrew Bourelle besides the length, what’s the main difference when writing a short story as opposed to a novel? You won’t want to “short” yourself by missing this, so scroll down to the “comments” section and follow along!

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April 30 – May 6: ” How do you add realism to your dialogue?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week ITW members Mariah Fredericks, Chris Malburg, Sanjida Kay, Ann Simas and Judy Penz Sheluk discuss dialogue, answering the question: How do you add realism to your dialogue? You *really* won’t want to miss this! Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along.

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April 23 – 29: “At their very core, how do you view your thrillers?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5The late John Gardner suggested that all stories boil down to either, someone went on a journey, or a stranger comes to town. This week we’re joined by ITW Members Max Karpov, Elena Hartwell, Robert Black Whitehill, TG Wolff, Kelli Stanley and Humphrey Hawksley and we’re asking them: Do you agree? At their very core, how do you view your thrillers? Scroll down to the “comments” section – you won’t want to miss what they have to say!

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April 16 – 22: “What kind of reading material do you select while writing a new draft?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Dp you read while you write? If so, what kind of reading material do you select while writing a new draft? We posed this question to ITW Members Heather Graham, Michael Bradley, James M. Jackson, Max Karpov, Ann Parker, Robert Black Whitehill, T.G. Wolff, Carrie Rubin and Kelli Stanley and can’t wait to read what they have to say! Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along.

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April 9 – 15: “How do you create the antagonist?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Hero or anti-hero? Protagonist or antagonist? If the hero is only as good as his or her enemy, how do you create the antagonist? This week we tap into the creative powers of ITW Members Don Helin, Keith Dixon, Max Karpov, Linda Sands, Robert Black Whitehill, T. G. Wolff, Peter Beck, Kelli Stanley, Lee Goldberg, Humphrey Hawksley and Jacob Stone. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along!

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April 2 – 8: “How do you scour your manuscript?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Spring has sprung…somewhere… In the spirit of “spring cleaning,” how do you scour your manuscript? This week we’re joined by ITW Members L. J. Martin, Michael Bradley, Michael Kardos, James M. Jackson, Max Karpov, Elena Hartwell, Ann Parker, Robert Black Whitehill, T. G. Wolff, Peter Beck, Lee Goldberg and Martin Roy Hill as they discuss the revision and manuscript “cleaning” process. Scroll down to the “comments” section – you won’t want to miss what they have to say!

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March 19 – 25: “How have your readers shaped your books?

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week ITW Members Saralyn Richard, Phillip Donlay, Karen Harper, Gordon McAlpine, Kirk Russell and Alethea Kontis describe how readers have shaped their books? Scroll down the ‘comments’ section below to follow this thrilling conversation!

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March 12 – 18: “Has offering free digital copies of back list titles affected sales?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5ITW Members Donna Warner, J. H. Bográn and Chad Bishop are on hand this week to discuss book marketing. A popular book marketing strategy for authors, with a back list of books, has been to offer free digital copies to encourage readers to buy a subsequent novel. Has this trend affected today’s sales? Follow along in the “comments” section below!

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March 5 – 11: “Best screenplay adaptations of crime or thriller novels?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re joined by ITW Members Saralyn Richard, Keith Dixon, Toni LoTempio, Dana King, Gordon McAlpine and Chad Bishop as they discuss the best screenplay adaptations of crime and thriller novels. Follow along in the “comments” section below!

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February 26 – March 4: “What can thriller writers learn from the film industry?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5What can thriller writers learn from the film industry? That’s the question on tap this week. Join thriller authors and ITW Members Eric Beetner, Brendan Duffy, DiAnn Mills, Dana King and Arthur Kerns as they discuss everything film and thriller related! Scroll down to the ‘comments’ section; you won’t want to miss this one!

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February 19 – 25: “Do you have a writing mentor?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week ITW Members Bob Bickford, DiAnn Mills and J. H. Bográn dish on mentors. Do you have a writing mentor? What’s the best lesson you’ve learned from your him or her? Scroll down to the “comments” section and follow along with the discussion!

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February 12 – 18: “How do you start writing your novel?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5This week we’re joined by ITW Members Alex Shaw, Chris Malburg, Brendan Duffy, DiAnn Mills, Thomas Pluck and J. H. Bográn and we’re discussing what comes first. How do you start writing your novel? Start by scrolling down to the “comments” section and reading what they have to say!

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February 5 – 11: “Is fact really stranger than fiction?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5We’re kicking off the February Roundtables with ITW Members Alex Shaw, Chris Malburg, DiAnn Mills, Lisa Black, John Lutz and Martin Roy Hill. This week’s questions: Is fact really stranger than fiction? How do you weave the two to make a really compelling story? Scroll down to the “comments” section to read what they have to say!

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January 29 – February 4: “Are literary techniques going by the wayside?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5Symbolism…metaphors…allusion…personification…are literary techniques going by the wayside with the fast-paced thrillers of today? This week ITW Members Tim Waggoner, Susan Furlong, Marietta Miles, Thomas Perry, Martin Roy Hill, Dana King, Desiree Holt and Chris Malburg will foreshadow the future of these once-common literary techniques (See what we did there?). Scroll down to the “comments” section and follow along!

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January 22 – 28: “What’s the one piece of advice you’d give to the next generation of thriller authors?”

thriller-roundtable-logo5What’s the one piece of advice you’d give to the next generation of thriller authors? Join ITW Members Tim Waggoner, Susan Furlong, Marietta Miles, Thomas Perry, Micki Browning, Dana King and Chris Malburg as they offer their sage advice to the next generation of thriller writers. Scroll down to the “comments” section and follow along!

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