All posts tagged: plotting

Astonishingly Gripping, Hugely compelling, and so good–Shari Lapena is back with a new thriller set in an upper middle class neighborhood about teenage boys breaking into homes, plus the rhythm of writing, not plotting, more

By Leslie Lindsay  Suburban noir, paranoia, and murder. No one does it better than Shari Lapena in her fourth book, SOMEONE WE KNOW. INSTANT UK SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER NOTABLE BARNES & NOBLE JULY 2019 PICK Shari Lapena is among a rare breed of prolific women thriller writers. Each book is fabulous, hitting the New York Times bestseller list. In fact, her first thriller, THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR (2015) was on the list for twenty-three consecutive weeks. Her second book, A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE, sealed her fate. She knows what readers want. And last year’s summer hit, AN UNWANTED GUEST was a nod to Agatha Christie’s AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, which had me re-thinking whether I should bring that book with me to a little inn on the coast of Michigan. I did, anyway. Clear your calendar for about 18-24 hours, because this book will be wholly consuming. It could easily be read in one sitting, but those of us who feel obligated to sleep or let the dog out, go to work, or …

Write On, Wednesday: Playing with Cards

By Leslie Lindsay  (image source: http://www.benzinga.com 5.22.13) Yesterday I booked a trip to Vegas, so it’s no surprise I have been in my kitchen playing cards.  And what the hell does that have to do with the price of tea in China…or writing for that matter?  The trip is to celebrate the wedding of a childhood friend and the cards well, they have nothing to do with gambling and everything to do with something just as risky–my first novel.  Affectionally, I refer to myself a ‘pantser,’ that is someone who writes by the seat of her pants.  I don’t plot.  I don’t like it.  I feel it stifles the creative process, rather than juicing them up (my critique partner claims plotting excites her to delve into the story).  I like to deliberate and then get hit with a burst of inspiration I can’t possibly let slip by.  So when my completed Slippery Slope had some holes and a few too many overall words (doesn’t that sound like an oxymoron…how can a story have holes and be too …

Write on, Wednesday: Carrying On

By Leslie Lindsay Okay, so we left off last Wednesday talking about the 7 key reasons your manuscript blood, sweat, and tears is rejected by agents/editors via a Susan Meier’s workshop I attended.  Well, what do you say we continue with some hints and tips for how you may go back to that keyboard (after you have cried your heart out, stomped around in a funk, and eaten your weight in chocolate). If the rejection comes back with something like, “Nothing seems to happen in this story.”  Well, you have a plot problem.  Go back and speed-read your manuscript.  Fast.  See what you can do to make it have a few more problems.  If you want to change something, that’s fine…but see if you can tweak just a few words here and there so that you are not drastically re-writing the whole darn thing.  You may want to make a list of 20 here…what are 20 things you can do to add some more varirty to your plot.  It’s okay to be outrageous here.  You …