Elements of the Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Suspense and/or Crime Fiction Genres

Last week I attempted to define some elements expected of the typical reader in a psychological thriller. Although the attempt was a good one, it left me with some problems localising the differences between what a mystery, crime fiction and thriller is.

Those thoughts were put into a large post on Mystery, Thriller and Crime fiction. In that post I realised that like a lot of writers, and a lot of experts in writing, the cross-flow between these genres provides a difficulty in localising one genre we might like our books to be catergorised into, if forced to do this on bookshelves or websites.

What came out of this, however, was a rewrite of the initial post on elements that the reader may expect. I’ve now provided a more catergorised list of elements below.  This post will be kept updated with any new ideas in the future.

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Thriller Writing Resources

The following list has been put together in respect to the new writers I am doing a thriller writing course with via the Sydney Writer’s Centre. Many of the participants are new to the genre, and equally new to writing fiction.

I also use many more resources, but these are a very good basic pack of books, websites, blogs and information for starting off writing the thriller, doing the research necessary and structuring the mystery, suspense, thriller or crime fiction novel.

Links from this post (not the books) can all be found shared on the Thriller Writers Resources bundle on my account at bitly.

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Listening to some Thriller Writers (Platform Building)

Warning : this is written from my sick bed, on an iPad, without a keyboard. Need I excuse myself more? 

But  I took a look at the small list of thriller/suspense writers over at the Writers’ Platform Building Campaign and realised that I knew several of them (get me, I actually know people!) and more importantly, they have some pretty good stuff to say. 

Here they are, then – 

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