Writing a Psychological Thriller

Wise words indeed.

Phoebe Morgan

I did a workshop a couple of weeks ago at the lovely Chiswick Book Festival (which if you’ve never been I’d really recommend, it happens every September I think and there’s a huge range of brilliant talks – everything from cookery demonstrations to author panels and discussions) – anyway, my workshop was on how to write a psychological thriller and I thought I would share some of my tips on here as I had quite a lot of people asking me about it who couldn’t be there on the day.

1. Have a simple, clear concept. Some of the biggest bestsellers of the last couple of years can be distilled down to relatively basic, but still very engaging one-liners. For example:

The Girl on the Train: woman sees inciting incident through a train window
The Couple Next Door: couple leave their baby at home, with disastrous consequences
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