Writers Off Task With Friends, Show 17: Mark Richardson, Hunt For The Troll

Mark Richardson, author of Hunt For The Troll, joins Jenny, Dan and Allison for a funny and lively discussion of his book and his writing process.


This Week’s Topics include:

  • What should be in a great first chapter?
  • What makes a story or character memorable?
  • What’s your process?
  • Plotter or pantser?
  • Best Star Wars movie?
  • NASCAR fan or not a NASCAR fan?
  • If you were stranded on a desert island and could only listen to one musical group the rest of your life, what band would it be?

(Some of that is important for writers to know.)

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Yes, it’s a bit silly. That’s the point. But it’s also insightful and fun. That’s also the point. 

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5 thoughts on “Writers Off Task With Friends, Show 17: Mark Richardson, Hunt For The Troll

  1. This was a great interview! I really enjoyed it. I think making sure to start the story with some type of action is good. It draws the reader into the book in an exciting way. Having a lot of world building at the start can sometimes bog down the flow for readers. I have been known to do this, so trying to weave in those world building details through a scene that has something fun going on, will help get both points across and make it interesting for readers.

    J.H. Winter
    Ink & Stitches – http://blog.jhwinter.com

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  2. what makes a great first chapter? The hook! Love the buzzer, and agree: someone the reader can identify with. And conversely, the quirks that make them different.

    In all seriousness, Mark’s very revealing here, because Hunt for the Troll takes off in the second half–it’s like he finally wrote himself into the direction of things. First half also enjoyable, but the second half just races.

    PS, music is so important and i was glad this was the desert island question. The Beatles yes. Queen yes. Elvis no, no, no.

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