Elements of the Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Suspense and/or Crime Fiction Genres

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As I refine my first novel, I come back to this list to keep the differences clear in my mind. Thriller or Suspense?

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Last week I attempted to define some elements expected of the typical reader in a psychological thriller. Although the attempt was a good one, it left me with some problems localising the differences between what a mystery, crime fiction and thriller is.

Those thoughts were put into a large post on Mystery, Thriller and Crime fiction. In that post I realised that like a lot of writers, and a lot of experts in writing, the cross-flow between these genres provides a difficulty in localising one genre we might like our books to be catergorised into, if forced to do this on bookshelves or websites.

What came out of this, however, was a rewrite of the initial post on elements that the reader may expect. I’ve now provided a more catergorised list of elements below.  This post will be kept updated with any new ideas in the future.

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A Few Things I’ve Learned – Part 1

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There are a few things I’ve learned along my journey as a writer, from being an isolated writer living in a culture where writers write in isolation and from starting a writers group in a small community. Over the next three weeks I will share my experiences (professional expertise and personal experience) on the topics of Identifying as a Writer; Communicating your new identity; and finally, how I deal with what I like to call the ‘I’m doing everything but the writing!’ trap. I hope maybe my shared experiences may be helpful little nuggets to think on for other writers out there. And i’d love to hear your experiences too on the same themes. Here we go…


Identifying as a Writer (aka Part 1)

Having been a career counsellor and a specialist in the personal and professional development areas, one of the most common doubts I hear is

I feel like a fraud. I have the title but not the confidence so therefore can I legitimately call myself (insert title here)?

I resonate with this qualm especially as launching my own writing career was done by simply putting my 72000 word story on paper, with the aim to one day be published. Like so many others I have not formally studied the craft, I’m not published and I’m not super well connected to the writing and publishing worlds. So I did write the first draft of a novel but could not with any confidence or conviction call myself a writer. I felt more like I had picked up a plastic doctors kit and was playing doctor (get your mind out of the gutter). Usually what came out is a meak Yeah I’m working on a novel and it’s a thriller and only if people asked. usually one of my gracious friends would offer the information and i’d be obliged to elaborate.

My oomph moment came when I purposefully scheduled weekly write session to edit my novel in the company of another serious writer. Quite simply, it was the process of doing the work (doing the actual writing, not talking about it, planning it, dreaming about it, procrastinating away from it -a super developed talent and personality trait of mine) but sitting down and doing the work. In that moment, on one of those Tuesday evenings in 2016, I felt the neon sign glowing over my head ‘WRITER’. I felt legit.

When we take on new identities, it’s not always instantaneous and briliant. Anyone who has ever started a new job can tell you it’s takes a moment or two to get used to the new title and what that actually means to your persona. To integrate the identity into your identity. But after a little bit of time and a few small or huge successes the confidence and conviction come. The I feel legit with this title comes.

Now, I’m still not published, I still have not studied craft formally and my networking is coming along slowly but surely…but what I do know is that I am a writer and I write.

If we look at this statement:

The thing that defines a writer is that Writer writes. – Chuck Wendig

and you are a person who is writing. Then you can call yourself a Writer, no? It really is as simple as that. In my case, the confidence and conviction came a bit after in my oomph moment. Now that I started to identify as a writer, I had to start (gulp) introducing myself as one. More of Communicating my Identity as a Writer next week.

What was your oomph moment where you idenitified as a writer? I’d love to hear your story in the comment area below. Happy Writing!

I’ll Stay

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A sneak peak to my November Novel writing project: http://entropy2.com/blogs/100words/2016/10/06/ill-stay/

This is my one hundred word version of the story, published online at Entropy2.com. As November is novel writing month (check out NaNoWriMo.org), i’m going to flesh this baby out into at least 50,000 words!

If you enjoy it, please like and share!

Here’s a little teaser

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Online Literary Magazine you say?

In the next several months a few of us will be launching an online literary magazine. AND I AM SO EXCITED. Think diversity. A melange of genres and forms. A one stop shop (or an important stop at the very least much like the one lonely gas station on the way to Yellowknife) where you can get your fix of book reviews, links to resources, interviews of super cool writerly types and of course writer showcases and a healthy dose of fresh fiction. More information to follow in september!

Six Near-Death Experiences

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My good friend is at it again. Check out her list of near death experiences that many of us can relate to…

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1. “I think we should talk to other people.” No, these words were not coming from an evasive lover but a good friend with whom I went to a writers’ conference. “It’s good for networking!” I will die, I thought and maybe even said out loud. Talk to strangers? I certainly have nothing in common with this room full of people who are all fiction writers trying to get published. I only write because I love being alone for extended periods of time. Just like that, my friend mosied over to the far end of the room, and I was left to my own devices. “Hi, my name is Ellen,” a woman said, presumably to me, in line waiting for coffee. “Hi, I’m Christin,” I countered. Time was running out. If the conversation had an awkward pause that ran too long, I would spontaneously combust. I was sure of it…

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So beautiful. Had to share: The Synesthetic Artist: She Paints What She Hears — LOWLIFE MAGAZINE

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In the following 3-minute clip, Melissa McCracken, a Kansas City-based artist, describes and demonstrates her unique artistic style as a consequence of her synesthesia, a rare neurological condition in which the brain is cross-wired, resulting in certain stimuli eliciting incorrect responses in the brain. In Melissa’s case, different sounds are perceived as different colours; it is this form of […]

via The Synesthetic Artist: She Paints What She Hears — LOWLIFE MAGAZINE