Four thriller writers at today's ThrillerFest panel "What's The Worst Advice You Ever Got? The Best?" entertained the audience with tales of the real life hints, tips and advice that they have used to launch and sustain successful writing careers. The panel was moderated by Matt Ritchel and included authors Daniel Palmer, Lisa Gardner, Alex Dryden and Alex Kava.
Lisa Gardner got this advice at a conference years ago – and now swears by it. “When you are writing, light a scented candle. If you do this for two weeks you will get a Pavlovian response to the scent which will actually keep you inspired.” Gardner shared that after she had a child and life became exponentially more helpful, all the writing she does these days she credits to The Scented Candle Technique.
Daniel Palmer credits his dad with the best advice he ever got. “It doesn't have to be probable – just possible. If it happens once, it's still the best benchmark for writing.” His example of improbable but possible? A cockroach climbing out of the mouth of a corpse. Gory but it could (and may) happen!