Guest Blogger: Bruce DeSilva: How I Made the Transition From Journalist to Crime Novelist
Not read this author yet but his past career makes for such interesting reading I think I must give him a go.
A lot of people think that daily journalism must be a great training ground for novelists. I tell them that, for the most part, it is not.
As someone who worked as a news reporter and editor for forty years before writing crime novels, I was never comfortable with the bad writing habits and journalistic traditions that make most news writing unnecessarily turgid and tedious. In fact, I spent my career at The Providence Journal, The Hartford Courant and The Associated Press rebelling against those traditions and the editors who enforce them.
I wanted to write about real flesh-and-blood characters, but most news stories are populated by stick figures identified by little more than name, age and job title. I wanted to set my stories in real places, but most news stories use street addresses in lieu of a sense of place. I wanted to write yarns with beginnings…
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