What You Can Learn About Writing By Writing Thrillers

I recently finished writing my first book—an action-packed thriller that’s a 110,000-word whopper of a tale.

It was the most fun I’d ever had, but I learned a lot during the process (as we tend to do when we write a book for the first time!).

Part of the process for me was in structure, outlining, and building characters that didn’t seem like cardboard cutouts, but what I want to talk about today is the idea of pacing.

In a thriller, like Dan Brown’s or James Rollins’ stuff, pacing is everything. Lose the tempo, and you lose the reader.

Arguably, it’s no different in any kind of fiction, so I thought this might be a helpful topic to other writers. Here’s a breakdown of things to keep in mind as you write: