Thursday, November 12, 2015

Top Five Quotes from the New England Crime Bake

There’s nothing like a good writer’s conference to get your creative juices flowing. And the New England Crime Bake is one of the best, and one of my faves. This year I had the good luck to be invited to sit on a swell panel, as pictured above, with Hank Phillippi Ryan, Elizabeth George, Hallie Ephron, and Kathy Lynn Emerson.

The Crime Bake is a coming together of top writing and editing and publishing talent that can benefit writers of every genre, not just crime writing. And 2015 was no exception, thanks to the swell line-up of authors, agents, and editors, most notably Guest of Honor Elizabeth George.

Here are the top five quotes from this year’s Crime Bake, beginning and ending with the wise and wonderful Elizabeth George:

“I am always looking for a sentence that will take me somewhere.”
--Elizabeth George, New York Times bestselling author

“Hide the exposition.”
--Spencer Quinn, New York Times bestselling author

“Writing well is writing well and it doesn’t matter what genre you choose.”
--Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author

“I fly by the seat of my pants, and then hope and grope my way through.”
--Hallie Ephron, New York Times bestselling author

“I write five pages a day, no matter how long it takes me.”
--Elizabeth George, New York Times bestselling author

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At November 13, 2015 at 6:06 AM , Blogger Brian Thiem said...

Although I didn't get it verbatim, I jotted down: A mystery has two stories: The Crime--what the villain did and is doing, and The Sleuth's story--what he's doing to solve the crime. Thanks for that insight, Paula.

At November 13, 2015 at 8:55 AM , Blogger Paula Munier said...

You bet! Writing crime fiction is tricky because of the structure. But with that structure you'll find parameters that help keep you on track. It's a good news, bad news thing lol


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