I am occasionally asked to contribute to collections and works that donít fall into the category of short story anthology, so weíve collected them all together for you here. Some are snippets in works on how to write fiction, sharing tips about the craft itself, while others are essays on famous novels or writers who have inspired me.
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My contribution (Tip No 11) is: to keep a summary of your novel as you write it. Different from the outlineóif you work from one, or even if you donítóthe summary is the actual shape the story takes as it goes onto the page. I keep a note not only of the plot as it unfolds, but how much time goes by, if itís raining, if any of the characters are carrying injuries, or if Iím laying in a plot thread I need to remember to pick up later.
I do a paragraph for each scene break or chapter, and also jot down if thereís a time gap between scenes/chapters. When you come to the editing stage, any major alterationsóadding a subplot, removing an extraneous character, etcócan be worked out on the summary rather than having to work with the whole typescript, which can be very unwieldy by that stage.
It's often said that everyone has a book inside him or her − but how do you plot it? In MAKING STORY, twenty-one novelists − who have written more than 100 books among them and sold hundreds of thousands of copies − talk about how they go about turning an idea into a plot, and a plot into a book. I was honoured to be included.
This is an indispensable book for aspiring authors and the first in a series, each focusing on a different writing challenge.
I contributed an essay on The Eagle Has Landed by Jack Higgins.
Nominated for a 2011 Edgar Award (Best Critical Biography), presented by Mystery Writers of America. Nominated for a 2011 Benjamin Franklin Award (Poetry/Literary Criticism), presented by the (US) Independent Book Publishers Association. Also Nominated for a 2011 Anthony Award (Best Critical/Non-Fiction), and for a 2011 Macavity Award (Best Mystery-related Nonfiction).
I contributed an essay on The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth.