A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post every day except Sundays during the month of April on a thematic topic–nothing else. This year, I’ll be covering writing genres.
a suspenseful movie or book emphasizing the psychology of its characters rather than the plot; a sub-genre of thriller. In a psychological thriller, the characters are exposed to danger on a mental level rather than a physical one.
- Start the book with high action.
- Deeply focus on characters and their state of mind.
- Have your characters rely not on physical strength, but mental.
- These are often character-driven stories. Develop your main character well and deeply.
- The suspense in this genre is often from the use of POV, such as an unreliable narrator.
- POV is often 1st person or close third person so the reader can experience the thoughts and insecurities of the antagonist.
- Make sure every development is logical and well-planned, well-researched.
- Anything by Alfred Hitchcock
- Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
- Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
- The Shining by Stephen King
- Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware series
- Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane
- The Postman Always Rings Twice by James Cain
- Taxi Driver by Paul Schrader
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
More P Genres
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. The sequel to To Hunt a Sub, Twenty-four Days, is scheduled for May 2017. Click to follow its progress.