So, there’s four crime writers, right? Real wise guys. And they want a plot. A deadly plot. Someone’s going to die. Maybe quite a few people. It won’t be pretty. But it might be funny.
This year, Bloody Scotland is giving an audience the chance to witness the birth of a crime story – and help write it.
Neil Broadfoot, Gordon Brown, Mark Leggatt and Douglas Skelton took part in the recent #ScotLitFest Collaborative Crime Creation, where over the course of four hours on–line they wrote an improvised crime story, complete with murder, mayhem and a rubber duck, between all four of them.
Now, in person and almost live, they will repeat the process, with help from the audience.
They will ask for a lead character and a crime – and that’s about as prepared as they get. While one is writing, the others will talk to the audience about writing, crime, and writing crime.
There may also be hats and cat jokes.
The deadly prose will be projected for all to see. The author will also have to read it aloud, because he’s not getting away with it that easily.
If you want to know how it’s done/not done, or just want to see four blokes make absolute fools of themselves (and each other) book now to avoid disappointment.