Enjoying the darkness.

My novel,  a psychological thriller –  Attic of the Mind  – follows a twisting road of deceit, revenge and ultimately, resolution.
In reality, I don’t live in a dark world full of misery, suspense and a bubbling below the surface fear. My life is mainstream, with the usual ups and downs experienced by many.
However, in my writing, I delve into the dark shadows that move in the corners of the room. Everything that spooks me, I put in my novels – with the situations become darker than I had originally imagined.

I find that writing about things I would never do in real life, brings some kind of perverse release; exploring the psychopathic tendencies and violent acts that belong to a character is fascinating and sometimes challenging.
If I’m getting bored in a chapter – then I assume that the reader would too – so I rewrite or delete, depending on the relevance of the section.
I like to jump right in from the first sentence in the first chapter. However, I do wonder whether some people – ie Agents – may find it rather distasteful, abrupt or off-putting. Sadly there is no time for Agents to say what puts them off after requesting a partial – as that would be invaluable advice. I obviously only seek out Agents who have an interest in this genre – it would be madness to do otherwise.

I write what I like to read – as it thrills me to spin the web of darkness. However, in this economic meltdown – many articles talk about readers seeking escapism  – well, I would argue that a psychological thriller is still escapism, but to a world you would only visit rather than live in.
The hint is in the genre word itself – ‘thriller’ – I want to thrill people with my novels – fingers crossed – one day I will.

Happy Word Flow One & All

How much action can a reader take?

Whilst writing a psychological thriller, I am aware that the reader needs to feel tension mingled with periodic moments of action. However, the reader also needs periods of calm breathing and rest bite from the emotional scrutiny and fear. I need to be mindful of the state of their hearts and minds.

I have recently written a chapter where violence is the subject and fear is swamping the protagonist’s life. So now, I’m writing a calmer section now, but I as the author, I worry that the words may appear flat after the suspense, even though I search for descriptive and powerful words even when peace is prevailing.

A psychological thriller tends to lean towards the psychology of the characters rather than the plot itself, hence my dark, twisted and tortured souls render themselves perfectly to this genre.

I will often have the suspense coming from within my characters, where perhaps they have to resolve inner conflicts to soothe their own minds. The characters are more important than the plot, that’s not to say that the plot is weak or non-existent. Their emotional backgrounds and state of mind are what interest me, and I like t explore what makes them tick.

Perhaps I’m querying all this because I prefer writing about the brooding characters who find themselves in a moment of suspense but the reader will probably need the roller-coaster ride.

Happy Word Flow One & All