I spend hours writing most days, working on a psychological thriller. Mostly, I enjoy the process. No writer’s block for a month now! But what about reading? What keep me interested when I’m reading a particular novel?
I like psychological thrillers and autobiographies, but occasionally I’ll read books from other genres. Here’s a list of what I look out for:
- Atmosphere and psychological intensity
- Simple viewpoint or First Person narrative
- Present tense (in thrillers but not autobiographies)
- Variation in the writing style and not too much dialogue
- Showing rather than telling
- A clear answer to the central story question (open endings don’t work for me)
- Character build up
- The effects of a crime upon the people involved rather than pages of endless procedure
My preferences have changed over the years. At one time, I liked omniscient novels with thoughts italicised and clichés – but not anymore.