6 Tips for Writing Thrillers

Diane Callahan
16 min readMar 18, 2022
Title: Writing Thriller Novels overlaid on a picture of a police evidence board

What makes a novel a thriller? What differentiates it from mystery or suspense?

I discussed these questions and more with fellow YouTuber Alexa Donne, who’s a thriller connoisseur and author of The Ivies, a YA boarding school thriller. Her upcoming thriller Pretty Dead Queens is all about small-town murder.

We cowrote these six tips for writing better thriller novels, from designing…