The Secret Pillars of Writing by Jeffrey A. Friedberg description:
A crash course in writing fast-paced, structured fiction and thrillers, by published author of BLACK ROAD 2012 and LOST RELIC OF THE GODS.
reader what s/he needs to get started. Then, you artfully leak out the rest of it-what's important-into the work as needed. Use dialogue as much as possible. Show me via dialogue and action, don't tell me about it. As author, make the character Do things or have someone Say things that give the necessary facts. Example:
Bernice peeked outside through the blinds. It was still there-on the lawn.
Her mother never got rid of that old swing set. Bernice and Bunny had put it up one long-ago summer. Before Bunny disappeared.
"They never did find her," Bernice's mother said-somehow suddenly in the room, right behind Bernice, making everything tense.
Bernice turned to look at the woman. She'd aged since Bernice was graduated from Harvard, just a year ago. "What did you say, Mom?"
The older woman seemed distracted-knitted bony fingers together in front of her. "Sheriff said, you were lucky that day, Bernie. Could of been you that day, hon."
"I know Mo