A good thriller should be brimming with suspense, high stakes, plot twists and heart-stopping moments, but with all that going on, it’s easy to sacrifice depth of character in favour of plot. So here are the key ingredients for a thriller character.
I recently had THAT conversation again; the one where I criticise a fictional world for gratuitous use of rape and sexual aggression against women, only for fans of said universe to defend it by telling me how it’s a harsh world and that’s what would happen. It’s a tiring conversation, so here’s why you don’t have to use rape to ensure your readers know your world is horrible.
An effective mirror scene offers another layer to a character’s point of view, by creating a moment in a story where a character catches sight of their own reflection. This moment is generally followed by a realisation, which can be a passing moment of
It’s no surprise that many thriller novels have been made into films, as they’ve got all the ingredients for a good cinematic experience. This is a big genre in fiction, but here are six elements to help you write a thriller…
La La Land is the new musical about two struggling artists trying to make it in Hollywood. It’s also a film about dreaming and it struck me that that’s an important message for writers to remember.
Avoid novelty typewriter-based jewellery, such as cuff-links and get something a writer might actually use. We’ve scoured the web for 10 Christmas gift ideas you won’t be ashamed to give any writer.
A particular story’s voice comes from whichever character is taking the POV. Their voice informs the tone, quirks, phrases and rhythm of the
The Second Life of Bethany Sweet is a fantasy novel about a girl who wakes up in a world she doesn’t belong to. Read an excerpt
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The afterlife has always fascinated me. I don’t believe we only get one shot at getting it right. One life, then judgement and an eternity of suffering or bland repose. It seems too simplistic for the complex vortex of matter and energy our universe is made up of. Nor do I believe…
Fellow Writers Anoner, Paul, has done it, he’s finished his novel and it’s now available to buy. But before you do, read this excerpt for a taste of his fantastical world with a touch of sci-fi.
Don’t have time to write? Wrong. Everyone has 24 hours in a day, you just have to want to be a writer and find the time. Here’s how you do it.