Thriller Roundtable

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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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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