Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Daniel, Nov 5, 2006.
Feel free to share your thoughts on what Tess Gerritsen said in this interview.
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Hmmm she has some good pointers and gives some good advice.
I percifically liked that last question.
My last comment: The longer I've been in the storytelling business, the more convinced I am that storytellers are born, not made. Some people just know instinctively in which direction to take a plot, and they'll almost always veer down the path that offers the most conflict, the most drama. That's hard to teach to writing students. I don't know how to teach a sense of drama -- it's something you have to know all by yourself.
I agree with this and thought she ended the interview on a very constructive note.
I personally enjoyed her response to this question:
Lastly, if there were only one idea or concept you could teach a struggling, unpublished author, what would it be?
Tess: What's the one concept I'd teach a new writer? Follow your emotions. Pay attention to what makes you angry, scared, and horrified. Emotions are at the heart of your story. When I'm fishing around for a new idea for a book, I always choose the idea that gives me an emotional punch. For instance, VANISH was based on a news story about a young woman who was declared dead and later woke up in the morgue. That horrified me -- which is exactly why I chose it as the basis for my VANISH plot.
I enjoyed the read also,
its good to have questions answered that I have mulling around in my head as a newcomer to the site and writing in general. The replies are inspirational and thought provoking and Im glad I stumbled upon it. The news report about the lady in the morgue is indeed disturbing and it is proof that stories are all around us, all of the time.
I will write about this a little later - I'll be at my home to send you many cool information
I'm having a total fan-girl moment here, I love Tess Gerritsen crime novels! Wonderful interview Daniel, I really enjoyed it.
This describes me rather well
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