The psychological thriller…


I wanted to share my view with you on what I believe makes a successful psychological thriller. This belief could apply to both literacy and on screen thrillers but due to my work in progress, my ultimate aim is to give you an idea of what you can expect from my forthcoming novel.

Firstly I wanted to outline the differences between your ‘bog standard thriller’ and your ‘psychological thriller’. The difference may seem obvious to some but trust me, when it comes to writing one of the two, the differences really are important.

So let’s start with the ‘bog standard thriller’. The main aim of the game here is to scare you. Through suspense and anticipation, the reader will be or should be left scared witless. They may include scenes that make you jump and may also include plenty of claret to keep it gruesome.

Now let’s move on to my preferred choice, ‘the psychological thriller’. These well thought out stories have a greater need to ‘keep it real’. This is because the reader will be living and breathing the characters lives. They should be drawn in by them and almost befriend them. The writer will play on the readers mind and through twists and turns they will be left with a very real feeling. What you thought may happen, may not. The person you thought may live, may not. The person you thought you knew, may turn out to be someone completely different. Overall, a psychological thriller should have you emotionally involved and playing with your mind at the very least. This is what I hope to achieve.


So a quick update on the book. I am starting chapter ten so almost half way through. Thank you for your constant support. To all my followers both new and old, welcome. Welcome aboard this rollercoaster of a ride.

Until next time
Your author

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  1. Romina B · May 18, 2015

    This is cool. I’m glad I found your blog through the community pool. I’ve never really thought about the process behind writing a psych thriller and I’m glad you are sharing your insight. Thank you for posting about it! (That makes it.. writing about writing, right? Write-ception!) I’m actually curious about the book you are working on right now. Keep updating us! Feel free to check out and comment on my blog as well, tell me what you think.

    -Romina @


    • drakes1 · May 18, 2015

      Hi Romina! Thanks for stopping by and for your very positive comments. It means a lot. I will definitely keep you up to date. I am enjoying every second of it so far. I will definitely check out yours in return. Speak soon. Mark

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  2. jabrush1213 · May 18, 2015

    I love psychological thrillers! You now have my full attention for the future in your blog.


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