Keeping The Audience On The Edge Of Their Seats: Writing Thrillers

Room: D204/5

with Lucy V Hay

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Thrillers can be any story, told in any way – all they need to be is … well, “thrilling”!

Yes, this might be obvious stuff, yet Thriller is frequently the most misunderstood genre in the spec pile. Scribes very often turn their Thrillers into dramas by accident, or make their characters “run on the spot”, sapping tension and potential jeopardy for the reader – the very opposite of what a Thriller should do!

Script editor and author of Creative Essentials’ Writing And Selling Thriller Screenplays, Lucy (aka @Bang2write) has read countless spec Thriller screenplays and been involved with indie Brit Thrillers Deviation, Act Of Grace and the upcoming Assassin.

Looking at various successful Thrillers, both studio tentpoles & indies as well as those hidden gems you may not have heard of, Lucy will walk you through the writing of a Thriller, drawing attention to its contrasts with other genres in both structure and character.

During the session Lucy will be addressing such questions as:

  • What’s the difference between Thriller and Horror?
  • What is “Flight vs. Fight”?
  • What is a commercial hook, in comparison to a dramatic hook?
  • What are the typical Thriller mistakes in structure and characterisation?
  • Who drives the narrative – the antagonist or the protagonist?

… and much, much more!

So if you’re keen to write a Thriller – or indeed rewrite one! – then this session is not to be missed.

Appearing in this session

Lucy V Hay

Lucy V Hay – Script editor | Bang2write

Bionic blogger, script editor and the voice of new writers!

Legendary for her enthusiasm and knowledge which she shares with her community at Bang2Write. Core member of the LSF team.
Lucy V Hay