Thinking about Thrillers

The workshop I am completing is about thrillers. I notice that when asked to write something that is a thriller, a big thriller, that has stakes about whether or not the world is going to be saved, I hesitate.

Even in writing, it’s like all my creativity pauses and thinks, now what should happen. It’s like it outlines the actions mentally before being willing to write them down, which, because I’m writing while doing this, it slows down the action. There are parts I can delete and go directly to the action and that’s fine but it still doesn’t quite work as a thrill-ride of a story. Which I find interesting.

I read a lot of thrillers. I’ve typed in lots of passages from Lee Child’s Jack Reacher tales. And yet, the action, the swift move from action to action, just doesn’t suit the way my creativity works. And I find that interesting. It’s something to think about.

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