Anthony Horowitz's 4 Steps To Creating A Suspenseful Adventure

Anthony Horowitz’s 4 Steps To Creating A Suspenseful Adventure

Writers Write shares writing tips and writing resources. In this post, we share Anthony Horowitz’s 4 steps to creating a suspenseful adventure story for children.

Anthony Horowitz is an English novelist and screenwriter. He is a prolific writer who works across many media, including writing books, TV series, films, plays, and journalism. He was born 5 April 1955.

His works include the Alex Rider series (beginning with Stormbreaker), the Sherlock Holmes and James Bond novels, and Foyle’s War for television. He has also written The Power of Five series and The Diamond Brothers series (beginning with The Falcon’s Malteser).

He has adapted many of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot novels for TV and he is the creator and writer of these series: Midsomer MurdersCollision, and Injustice.

He was awarded an OBE for his services to literature in January 2014.

He says: “I started writing and knew I would be a professional writer at about the same time, when I was 8 or 9 years old. I have vivid memories of asking my father for a typewriter for my 8th birthday, this of course being long before computers came into our lives.”

We found this interview on Scholastic with a simple 4-step exercise to creating a suspenseful adventure story. If you’re writing for children, or if you are a child who wants to write, try this exercise.

Anthony Horowitz’s 4 Steps To Creating A Suspenseful Adventure Story For Children

“Follow these steps and turn an ordinary situation into suspenseful adventure!
Step 1: Write a paragraph describing the room where you are now sitting.
Step 2: Now rewrite your paragraph, but make the room dangerous. Be imaginative! Try to avoid easy choices, like a ticking bomb or a scorpion on the shelf.
Step 3: Now write another paragraph describing how you get out of the room without being harmed.
Step 4: Take your two paragraphs and flesh them out in a two-page action-adventure story!”

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Posted on: 5th April 2020

1 thought on “Anthony Horowitz’s 4 Steps To Creating A Suspenseful Adventure”

  1. I am pleased I read this because, after some years, I am finally writing my children’s stories and the nail on the head is the danger I found I needed to weave into every chapter. I eventually rewrote my first chapter to capture the suspense.

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