How to Write a Psychological Thriller

By Tabitha Levin

There are many different types of thriller stories, ranging from action adventure, mystery, crime, courtroom, and even paranormal. But there is one genre of this type that is different from the rest because it focuses more on the emotional aspects of the story, rather than the action. And that type of story is the psychological thriller.

Step 1: Write Your Outline

There are many different opinions on how to write a psychological thriller, but probably the most common is that you should start with an outline since it gives you a road map to adhere to when you are writing.

The reason that this is important for this type of book, is that you need to get the suspense elements right, and having a guideline of what you want to achieve will help you keep on track.

Step 2: Have Good Clear Characters

Unlike other genres, you need to make sure that you define your characters completely in your story, since most of the plot will revolve around their emotional reactions to certain situations. Are they weak and run at the first sign of danger? Do they have a past issue with something that is now haunting them again?  Explaining not only how they react, but why, is the key to making them real.

The same goes for the baddie of the story. Since the antagonist is usually the one heaping the emotional stress on the protagonist, you need to make them clear in their intentions as well. Are they doing it for revenge? Fun? Because they know something about the hero that they want to reveal to the world?

Often you’ll find that the good guy and bad guy are emotional opposites of each other. One will be strong and resourceful, and the other weak but single minded. By the end, the hero will usually always overcome whatever issues they have and be able to beat the antagonist at their own game.

Step 3: Get Into Your Characters Minds

Since most of the fear and suspense will be happening in your characters mind, you need to let the reader see this fear that the character is experiencing. If the character jumps at the sound of a branch snapping, you need to make the reader feel that same terror with your writing. This takes practice to get right, but slowing down the action and focusing on every gust of wind, every hair that is sticking up on the back of the characters neck, will help create that mood. []Thriller stories, especially psychological driven ones, are increasingly popular with readers and being able to thrill and excite your audience is the key to becoming a successful writer in this genre.

Tabitha writes short thrillers (amongst other things). You can find out more about her books at her website:

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Thriller Novels – What Will Be The Next Big Theme?

By James Marinero
For authors of thrillers, the Cold War was a massive subject. Then it ended. Just in time Al Quaeda arrived, and it has been a gift for novelists. Despite the countless deaths and the pain it has engineered, the central theme of an organisation bent on attacking all things Western has been the framework of many novels since 2001. With the asymmetric nature of the distributed war that has driven large scale re-organisation of armed forces, then we have another rich seam which authors have mined keenly.
This war is science fiction coming to life, with UAVs, known grimly as Predators – surely soon to join common parlance as the ‘Hoover’ did for vacuuming homes in the UK.
Predators, high resolution satellite surveillance, cyberwarfare, robot soldiers – the emerging technology list grows daily and exponentially.
This asymmetric war arrived at a propitious time, both for novelists and armed forces. The Cold War was over and Western armed forces’ budgets were being cut – their role in a relatively peaceful world was under review (relatively being the key word there). Armed forces and novelists alike were casting about for ideas. Then, Twenty First Century warfare is born, with a new set of weapons and new, sexy technology! So much written, and now has become passé.
Where will the next strong theme come from for thriller writers? I believe it is the emerging threat of China. Chinese muscle-flexing is being driven from the bottom up by a vast population with rapidly rising expectations, ingenuity and hunger. The only safe way that this internal pressure can be managed is to let it out, gradually.
The lid of the kettle – that is the that is the Chinese Communist Party – wants to stay firmly in place, so other ways have to be found to reduce growing internal pressure.
Consequently, the People’s Liberation Army is expanding its Navy, turning outward from a simple coastal defence force to a global blue water force. China also has manned space flight and a long term digital warfare program.
China has also ripped open western markets, with a huge migration of manufacturing resources and jobs alike – from the West to China, with its huge low-wage population. The vast country also has a significant control of strategic metals (such as being a major producer of neodymium); conversely, China is a huge importer of Australian iron ore, forming an important portion of Australia’s foreign currency income.
Financially, China is the largest foreign holder of US dollars and one of the top three in the published gold bullion reserves list.
These are scenarios ripe for thriller novels!
James Marinero writes topical thrillers, such as ‘ []Gate of Tears ‘ with themes of global politics and terrorism, with gritty action. With a strong interest in the growing power of China – its financial, industrial and military impact on the West, he blogs at []James Marinero’s Blog

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