Sounds incredible, but after six and a half weeks of making alterations, I’ve reached the halfway point of the story, a psychological thriller set in Lancashire. Clearly, I’ve been at this point before – several times, in fact – and anything can happen from here.
One of the difficulties lies in getting the plot just right. The question of tweaking. Ruthless editing. As I’ve stated before, toning down an idea doesn’t always help. Life’s full of complexities, of people reacting under pressure and making choices that often bring about unwanted consequences. No one’s perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. In thrillers, characters often inadvertently invite some of the danger that follows, often subconsciously. Tweaking to reduce complexity robs the story of its true nature.
The solution, I think, rests in hinting at the unexpected story strands at earlier points in the manuscript, so that when the denouement comes, it appears as the only possible outcome to the mounting dramatic climb.
January will mark my seventh year of blogging at WordPress, so let’s hope 2016 is a good year all round.
Meanwhile, my two novels are available from Amazon in paperback and e-book.
Check out the reviews for Secrets by Lawrence Estrey.
Newspaper article on author.