I’m at that part of the novel again, a psychological thriller, where I have to make a decision.  Concentrate on “mad” character building (old-fashioned/plot-based stuff) or wade through uncomfortable criminal material that’s more true to life.  After a lot of thought, I’ve decided to concentrate on the crime element.

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4 thoughts on “Novel Writing: Gritty Crime

  1. I think you can still build character through “criminal action”, i.e. the acts define the character. You might wind up with everything as opposed to one thing or another.

  2. I think it is the criminal material that make each psychological thriller unique. I would have chose the crime element too. Keep writing. Sometimes you just have to muscle your way through.

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