Writing Can Be Murder

November 7, 2007

One of the pitfalls

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 10:03 am

of writing suspense is that sometimes I scare myself.  (okay, I often scare myself)

Last night I awoke from a novel-induced nightmare and was totally freaked out. I was convinced that my bad guy was in the room and going to get me.

Does anything like this ever happen to you?

Oh, and in case you’re wondering about Election Day results –the “idiots and insane people” wording is going to be changed.



  1. Oh great. So now idiots and insane people can vote?

    I’ve never scared myself with my writing, I just find it scary that I write in my sleep and edit what I write.

    Comment by bgardner — November 8, 2007 @ 9:36 am

  2. No, no, no idiots and insane people could not vote (yeah, right, like I believe that one) but now they won’t be CALLED idiot or insane…

    Ew, see now for me, just the idea of edits gives me nightmares

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — November 8, 2007 @ 10:15 am

  3. I think what scares me more is how I’m able to get into the bad guys head.

    Comment by Melissa Blue — November 8, 2007 @ 2:50 pm

  4. LOL Melissa — I LOVE getting into my bad guy’s head. Those scenes are the easiest to write.

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — November 8, 2007 @ 7:33 pm

  5. You know. I started writing a thriller because I just couldn’t understand how seemingly normal people could write psycho killers SO WELL. Especially when I’ve met the author, and she’s just a person–but her villain is freaking SCARY. And she gets in his head. (Yes, I’m thinking of a specific instance, because that’s the book that made me start thinking about this.) Anyway, So I started writing one just to see if I could come up with a serial killer and get in his head like other people do. And I could. And when I read what I wrote, I do get scared. But I’ve never had a nightmare. It just scares me more that I could get into that character’s brain and see how it works. Eek.

    Comment by Parisa — November 15, 2007 @ 2:56 am

  6. Parisa — Your post made me think of another pitfall: I get strange looks from people after they’ve read my stuff.

    If you don’t normally write thrillers, what do you write?

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — November 15, 2007 @ 9:19 am

  7. I can see that (the strange looks). 🙂

    I write lots of things. I don’t tend to confine myself to one genre. I’m the kind of girl who likes to keep her options open.

    Comment by Parisa — November 15, 2007 @ 12:06 pm

  8. Parisa — I tend to garner strange looks even before people know I delve into the minds of serial killers. 🙂

    Keeping your options open is wise. I’m impressed.

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — November 15, 2007 @ 8:47 pm

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