Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thriller writers give great advice!

Which takes longer? Earning a first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do or completing a novel-length manuscript? For me, it was a tie at three and a half years. The real question is how long does it take to get published? I’m learning that it takes so much more work than I had ever thought, but I’m willing to go the distance. Over at The Big Thrill, a number of thriller writers have posted some terrific advice.

Jeff Sheratt, Katia Lief, Steven James, Michael Parker, Joshua Corin, David Goleman, Reed Farrell Coleman, Stephen Coonts and Peter Steiner participated in an online discussion from November 15-21. I’m relieved to know that mainstay writers work at their craft day in and day out, rewriting scenes until they get them right. I never expected to publish without much revision, but I also never understood the depth to which writers must work in order to gain credible relevance in the marketplace. For all writers of fiction, I strongly recommend visiting The Big Thrill and reading the entire discussion.

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