“Extremely scary,”…”very exciting,”…”spooky.”
Secrets – Lawrence Estrey
My first novel Secrets appears to have sold in three countries and the local library has agreed to stock it, so I’m now working on a new novel and hoping it will go to plan. Again, I have chosen to write a psychological thriller. This time, I want to concentrate more on the psychology and suspense and less on the crime elements.
Here are some of the things I learned during the writing process for Secrets:
- Avoid changing viewpoint unless absolutely crucial to the story,
- Delay surprises until absolutely crucial to the story,
- In a crime thriller or psychological thriller, always introduce calming sections and contrasts. These allow for more scary/exciting scenes later on.
Sounds pretty basic, yet I ignored my own advice many times during the writing of Secrets and previous works.