I heard this a few years ago and LOVED it. Ken Follett is a master of suspense. Notice how he starts by talking about the emotion produced in the reader and getting readers emotionally involved in a story. He knows exactly what effect he’s trying to product. He also talks about how to determine whether an idea is good enough for a novel. And all this as he describes the interesting form and history of the thriller.
Here are the parts of his speech.
|2||Erskine Childers||11||Dashiell Hammet|
|3||John Buchan||12||Dennis Wheatley|
|4||E Phillips Oppenheim||13||Mickey Spillane|
|5||Zane Grey||14||Ian Fleming|
|6||William Tufnell Le Queux||15||After Bond|
|7||Joseph Conrad||16||Thomas Harris|
|8||The standard thriller||17||Q&A|
|9||The psychological thriller|
“The Art of Suspense” by Ken Follett–enjoy!