A Weekend Thriller:
Have you noticed a new trend these past few years of Halloween movies coming out in every month, except October? Our love of the thriller has been around since we sat around the fire to tell stories during the cave days. A story that can get our heart pumping continues to keep our interest as an audience. When you can combine some romance and a thriller, it can create a win-win for your audience.
Having more elements than just a bunch of steam adds another layer to your story. Your characters get to interact with each other and reveal more about themselves on a non-physical level. The hero of your story turns into more than a sex symbol. Their reactions show their vulnerabilities and strengths. Your audience can hold onto something else other than their physical description.
Not only can you create deeper characters, you can widen your audience. Your reach of a romance novel appeals to female readers, but you can gain some male fans by adding in the chase or mystery to solve. Your girls night out turned into a date night option that your partner doesn’t mind seeing.
The best advice I can give, is to explore and experiment as a writer. Some of my best break throughs happen because I try an exercise outside my genre. When you write in one specific genre for years, the shift away may do your brain some good. Part of nature is to get bored with the same old, same old every day. Thrill your brain and try something new.
Well, I’m going to return to my scary TikTok stories and YouTube videos. This is my version of a writer’s cardio workout.
Follow as I post on my progress throughout the month and share the experience.