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Thriller and Suspense

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A thriller is a fast-paced novel full of suspense, unexpected twists, and high stakes. The narrative is built for the specific purpose to propel the (usually fast-paced) action — taking readers on a rollercoaster.

If you want to write your own thrilling tale, here are a few types you might want to consider:

  • Politics
  • Espionage
  • Psychological
  • Action-adventure
  • Crime
  • Historical
  • Legal
  • Military
  • Domestic

In the meantime, hopefully this list of suspense story prompts will get the creative wheels turning, and have you dreaming up nail-biting, page-turning action!

Want more help learning how to write a short thriller story? Check out How to Write a Short Story That Gets Published — a free, ten-day course by Laura Mae Isaacman, a full-time editor who runs a book editing company in Brooklyn.

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