Writing a suspenseful thriller book that will keep your readers on edge takes skill. That is why you must heed these 10 tips when writing suspense.
1. Create Confrontation
Do not be afraid to create a strong scene or confrontation. And with strong, we refer to fast, fast, obscene if necessary and, above all, in which you surprise the reader. Of course, if there is a literary genre in which the surprise is the boss it is about the thriller.
2. Flesh out the narrative
In these types of stories, it is especially necessary to create secondary stories. After all, that is one of the elements that mark whether a novel is good or not: the plots. The argument cannot be linear. Therefore, remember to create a range of interesting characters with whom you play.
3. Immerse yourself
Another tip is that you read a lot of thrillers. It may seem obvious, but it is a genre that changes a lot when it comes to being written or being seen. It is not the same to feel the anguish and the bewilderment of the character.
4. Create a strong primary and secondary plot
These secondary stories always have to serve the initial plot. That is, not only are they not free, but they have weight in the story. How to be able to create them, organize them and come in the next paragraph.
5. Learn to expand your suspenseful vocabulary
There are two things you have to burn yourself. The first is the word cliffhanger. The second is that secret will always be preceded by “dark”.
Jokes aside, they are two fundamental elements in every thriller. Typical of the end of the chapters, the cliffhanger literally means “hanging from a cliff”.
6. Leave clues but don’t be obvious
On the other hand, the dark secrets of your characters are going to write the plot. The need to hide things from the past is one of the most typical themes in the thriller. Remember to give the details with a dropper in the story. You can use the suspension of belief writing technique to give clues to the reader.
7. Avoid cliches
Eye, that for being typical do not let your story be topical. Dare to be original with characters rarely seen in this kind of stories or with a narration different from the classic thriller.
8. Always begin with an outline
One of the reasons why it is so important to outline your thriller is to know what and when you can tell something. Do not talk in excess of a character that you want to keep hidden.
9. Plan out each surprise
It has to be all very well tied from the moment you start writing. You cannot leave practically any element of the story to improvisation. It would be fatal if the one who is finally the murderer or crime has never been mentioned. You should always plan out each element carefully.
10. Place the right climax
That determining moment of any story of suspense (or moments) that determines the final development of a plot is fundamental, although Highsmith is not sure that all the novels must have it in a mandatory way.