Rachel Poli

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Today’s post is brought to you by Heena Rathore P. Thanks, Heena!

What Makes For A Good Psychological Thriller? [Guest Post by author Heena Rathore P.]Image Credit: TC (talkingcomicbooks.com)

When I hear the term ‘psychological thrillers’, I feel a shiver of anticipation run down my spine. Is it just me? I don’t think so; I’m sure that almost everyone who’s read at least two good psychological thriller books (or even movies) feels the same way, especially those who love the genre.

The term itself makes me feel a rush that I just can’t describe; it means anticipation and intrigue, a lot of thrilling action, psychological twists, unimaginable turn of events, gritty situations, incomprehensible acts of self-preservation and a nice ending that’ll definitely blow the mind. At least for me, this is how I feel when I hear this term.


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The Plot Thickens…

T. R. Woodward


Plotting can be one of the hardest parts of writing, mostly because writers get overwhelmed with the process. I have given you 3 different styles of working out a plot. You can take parts from all of them and mix them or keep them separate. Keep in mind that this is different than an outline. We are just focusing on the story or events nothing more. We will get into characters and settings later, then mix them all in the outline.

You can make this as simple or as complex as you want. Just understand that the more complex a story is the longer it will take to be ready for the writing stage. Simple plots are good if you want to be making more up as you go along. Your choice is how you want to start. Let’s assume that you have never written out a plot before in…

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Northern Editorial

(and romance, mystery, history, fantasy …)


novel writer tools

By making your book as good as it can be, of course (what else did you think I was talking about?).

Ok, now that I have your attention, you weren’t really going to publish your book without getting it edited first were you? You know, deep down, that your book deserves it.

Here’s why:

  • Readers will quickly desert you, even if you’re the best storyteller in the world, if they can’t get past the typos.
  • They will also desert you if what made perfect sense in your head fails to unravel properly on the page.
  • Readers will make you sad if they post shitty reviews on Amazon, because they really couldn’t get past the typos and spaghetti-like plot (and that’s if it even gets past Amazon’s new standards).
  • Your reputation as an author will suffer if you don’t publish the best possible version…

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Breaking a Paragraph

Jesse's Studio

The basic rule of a paragraph is that we break a paragraph when there’s a change of subject; a new idea is introduced, a new person speaks, the time shifts. This doesn’t mean that paragraphs are purely functional we can also use them to speed or slow the reader’s pace; a long paragraph slows the pace, a short paragraph speeds it up and for really quick fire we can go down to a line or a word. But it’s best to start with the basics.

If we’re going to go right to the basics of a narrative prose paragraph the most obvious paragraph break is the dialogue break. So we might have two characters speaking, Jane and Ted, and each time the speaker changes we have a new paragraph:

‘How’re you?’ said Jane.

‘I’m fine,’ said Ted.

This is the easy bit when we only have the dialogue and attribution…

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Milly Schmidt

I’ve been collecting a list of WP bloggers with an insane amount of followers who focus primarily on writing. No doubt you’ve come across most, if not all of these writerly scholars who meander about WordPress, affecting us with their Hollywood connections, best seller success, dreamy wordiness or their delicately composed poems that touch on the otherworldly.

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Here is a good article by Vanessa Couchman

Vanessa Couchman

Yours truly signing books at the Parisot Literary Festival

Doing an author talk and reading or a public book launch can be intimidating if you don’t have much experience. And public speaking generally is daunting unless you’re one of life’s extroverts, which I’m not. I have done quite a lot of it in past incarnations, sometimes to hostile audiences, but it still makes me nervous.

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Your First Page

Diamond in the Slush

Arguably, the most important part of your manuscript is the very first page—perhaps even the very first sentence. It’s the first thing that an editorial intern or literary agent will read, and its quality determines whether or not they will scroll to the next page. If your first page disappoints, the chances of your manuscript gaining representation fall drastically.

It might seem too fast. You might be thinking, Wait! The first chapter is fantastic! They’ll at least read the full chapter, won’t they?

Sadly, neither I nor anyone else can guarantee that.

It Happens Quickly

We’re back to the idea that agents are very busy people. They are always balancing a variety of projects and authors at any given time, and acquiring new authors has to be a sure bet for many of them. A weak first page indicates an unpolished manuscript. 

Some agents or interns might take longer than…

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