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Tuesday Tips: Deaver & Peterson on Pacing

Here’s yet another installment of tips from Thrillerfest. I’ve shared video tips from Karin Slaughter,  a video of Michael & Daniel Palmer’s Thrillerfest Song, as well as a video of the Thrillerfest interview with master author R.L. Stine, and Ken Follett.  Last week I shared an interview of John Sanford and pacing and today I’ve got the next installment of that panel.  You can check out a boatload of Thrillerfest pictures here. 

Where else but Thrillerfest could you get so much bang-for-your-buck with James Rollins interviewing a whole panel of best-selling-authors! This next video features a question about pacing, this time answered by best-selling authors Andrew Peterson and Jeffery Deaver.  What’s neat for me is I happen to know that both gentlemen LOVE DOGS! Andrew shares his life with two Giant Schnauzers and a Miniature Schnauzer, while Jeffery actually has show his Briard dogs at Westminster.

This video is only a small taste, of course. You can get the full deal recording (and those of the other panels) of CDs, MP3s and DVDs of Thrillerfest here.

So how do you create good pacing in your novels? What does Andrew concentrate on in his books for tension? what drives his plot and pacing? Find out the surprising twist that Jeffery says he’s used in his thrilling books.

What favorite writing tip have you learned during your writerly journey? please share!

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Amy Shojai, CABC is a certified animal behavior consultant (dogs/cats), award winning author of 30+ pet care titles and thrillers, and spokesperson to the pet industry.

5 responses »

  1. I still have so much to learn about writing I’m not sure I know enough to have a favorite tip. What Andrew Peterson said about driving the pace with his villain was very interesting but I think the opposite could be true, too.

    Great video, I got a tip or two from it. 🙂

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