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anadDANA

I've never written a thriller. Not properly. Not since I was ten xD

And I was thinking it'd be an interesting idea to get into.

So any tips on moving into another genre? Usually I stick to drama.

5/18/2010 #1 Report
surfercharlie25

Hmmm... switching genres in general I can't help with, but there are some general elements for a thriller to have that may help:

- A strong, capable hero (self-pitying whiners are typically not heroes in thrillers)

- A truly evil villain who is just as strong and capable as the hero.

- Lots of plot twists.

- High stakes if the hero loses.

- Tight plotting. If there's plot holes, you lose your audience.

Other than that, you've just about got free rein. A thriller can be any genre, be set in any time period, anything like that.

Oh, and one more thing... I would suggest reading and watching a lot of thrillers. Is it all right if I suggest some of my faves to start?

Movies (these clips are trailers):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYvyiruWzYo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucMLFO6TsFM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-3MCYcc4Vg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUiCu-zuAgM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21WZdsavtGc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqv6PIH_ymY

That's just to get you started...

1/3/2011 #2 Report
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