Author to talk about The Scholar at Stories on Stage
You’d think writing crime would be a natural fit for corporate lawyer turned author Dervla McTiernan but you’d be wrong.
However, knowing how every aspect of a contract goes together has helped her understanding of writing the plot of a crime novel.
Author of The Scholar, McTiernan says it’s important to plan when writing a book per year.
“If you’re writing a crime novel, particularly one that weaves in and out of different subplots, you need to know the map of your novel really well, so that you can find the rhythm of it and make sure that the pace is right, but also the rhythm of the emotion is right,” she said.
“So even though it ( law) is very much a left- brain thing, I still think it helps with the writing.”
McTiernan uses software called Scrivener to map her novel into scenes, using key words to summarise each scene so she can easily go back and check what she’s written.
“The key is never to name them with chapter one, chapter two – it tells you nothing. What you need to have is, you know, what is the action that’s taking place in the scene, what is that going to kick off next.”
McTiernan will talk about her latest novel The Scholar with Monique Mulligan at Koorliny Arts Centre on March 20.
Stories on Stage starts at 7pm and costs $ 15, including supper, and book sales and signings. Bookings are essential on 9467 7118.