Everyone who attends the annual Crime Bake conference probably comes away with some ideas for their book — both big ones and little ones.
The conference, sponsored by Sisters in Crime New England and the Mystery Writers of America brings together a great mix of writers, agents and crime experts. A little something for everyone.
It seems as though almost everyone stays until Sunday, and there’s a good reason for that. Sunday’s panels — which come after an entertaining and very social breakfast — are some of the most rewarding of the weekend.
This year was no exception.
Five writers at an author panel on Sunday that explored plot — Joseph Finder, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Kate Flora, Jonathan Hayes and Joseph Olshan — put plot together tag-team style.
Their different genres and writing styles made for some funny moments, but the overall lessons came through.
Some of the points that were made included:
Ryan said her first building block when she starts a novel is the plot and she comes up with “one cool thing that drives the story.”
Finder said he pays special attention to “bombs,” those things that fool the readers. “Go left when they think you’re going to go right.”
Orshan said he “writes between the big scene.” He sees his books as a series of big scenes.
And Flora had some specific writing advice that had the audience taking pen to notebook across the room. She said after her first draft, she goes through her book and outlines each chapter. What happens in this chapter? How does it advance the plot? The characters? Would it hurt if it were left out?
The warmup act for that panel was Dr. Debra Prince Zinna, a forensic anthropologist, whose talk was full of interesting stuff about decomposition of corpses, what bones tell us, little details about body burial sites, and all the other things that make crime writers giddy with joy.
Was I the only one who, after the slide display of a day-by-day study of how a body decomposes, wanted to say “show that again!”?
- This week's Facebook question is which social media sites do you use to promote your writing? Why do you use them? facebook.com/sincne/posts/1… 1 day ago
- News about Canongate's acquisition of Severn House. publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/in… 3 days ago
- We regret to let our members know that the workshop with Hallie Ephron scheduled for this weekend has had to be been canceled. 1 week ago
- If you could advise your younger self about writing, what would you say? Share with us on Facebook. facebook.com/sincne/posts/1… 1 week ago
- RT @HankPRyan: SAY NO MORE! Love to see you at @NevinsLibrary1 Weds at 6:30. I'll have books and scoop! @SINCnational @SinCNE https://t.co/… 1 week ago
- Happy launch day to Lisa Lieberman for her second Cara Walden historical noir, BURNING COLD. amazon.com/Burning-Cold-C… 1 week ago
- RT @pattiphillips: Meet @LizMugavero bit.ly/2jgDpCi @WickedCozys New England writer #mysteryMonday @SinCNE #petsarefamilytoo… 1 week ago
CategoriesAwards Barbara Ross Beth Kanell Blog Summary Book promotion Carlotta Carlyle Conferences Craft Crime Bake Dogs Edith Maxwell Editing Em Moore Event Recap G.M. Malliet Genre Guppies Hallie Ephron Hank Phillippi Ryan Interview J.P. Choquette Judy Copek Kate Flora Lea Wait Libraries Linda Barnes Lisa Haselton Marketing Maureen Milliken Member News Members Michele Dorsey Mo Walsh Nancy Gardner Not Quite Twenty Questions Of Interest Opinion Pat Remick Pauline Alldred Ray Anderson Readers Rosemary Harris SinCNE Social Media Speakers' Bureau Uncategorized Upcoming Events Writers Writing Writing challenges and contests Writing lessons Writing resources Young Adult