Writing a good psychological novel takes skill and an understanding of the effect you want to achieve. Here's how to write a psychological novel that will take readers inside the minds of your protagonist and antagonist and have them turning pages to see what happens next. Both the protagonist and antagonist should have strong emotional issues that stand in the way of accomplishing their goals.
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The huge success of novels like The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl and Before I Go To Sleep have made it the hottest genre of the moment, and publishers are actively seeking these books, which are sometimes called domestic noir or domestic suspense.
This guest post is by Mark Edwards. Edwards writes psychological thrillers in which terrifying things happen to ordinary people.
His first solo novel, The Magpiesreached the No.
Mark grew up on the south coast of England and starting writing in his twenties while working in a number of dead-end jobs. As well as a full-time writer, Mark is a stay at home dad for his three children, his wife and a ginger cat.
In thriller writing you must: Write what readers know Writers are often told to write what they know, but the rise in domestic suspense has shown that book lovers want to read what they know.
The subjects are familiar too: These are the issues that most interest readers. They want to picture themselves in the story — and imagine how they would act if they were thrown into a terrifying situation. The trick is to take an everyday situation and ask yourself this question: Your characters should be too.
The heroines the main characters are usually female and heroes of psychological fiction are every-women and —men. They are not superheroes like Jack Reacher or brilliant like Kay Scarpetta.
They are the people we are married to or live next door to. Your protagonist needs to be ordinary and believable.
Give your characters flaws So your characters should be recognizable…but they also need to have a flaw. They could be insecure or jealous; they might have an alcohol problem or find it hard to tell the truth.
Best of all, they could be harboring a dark secret, something in their past that will come back to bite them in the present day of your novel. Your characters needs some grit in their oyster. An internal problem as well as an external one. They need to grow as the novel progresses and learn how to face their demons, which will enable them to overcome the external threat that powers the plot.
It is, after all, a psychological thriller. You need to show how they are feeling through their reactions and actions. Can we really trust what they are telling us?
Can we believe what they are telling themselves? Perhaps they are being paranoid and imagining the dreadful things that are happening to them. If you make the reader wonder, they will be hooked as they try to figure it out.6 thoughts on “ The 5 C’s of Writing a Great Thriller Novel ” EricGomez September 5, at pm.
Am Karen Lola from Scotland. I was having serious relationship problems with my boyfriend and it had resulted in him moving out to . This guest post is by Mark Edwards.. Edwards writes psychological thrillers in which terrifying things happen to ordinary people.
His first solo novel, The Magpies (), reached the No.1 spot on Amazon UK as did his third novel, Because She . I'm writing a psychological thriller but have a few questions. 1) I write A LOT of what my character is thinking, and at one point have also used a flashback.
Hi, I have just started to write a fantasy novel, but I am in a bit of a jam. I have a rough outline of the novel, as well as the events that occur within. Praise for Jeff Menapace-Winner of the Red Adept Reviews Indie Award for Horror "Psychological thrillers that take you to extremities of fear and suspense.
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