Writing

How to Write a Thriller: 5 Tips for Writing a Gripping Thriller

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Nov 11, 2021 • 3 min read

From Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl to Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep, thrillers are jam-packed with tension, suspense, and plot twists. Learn about different types of thrillers and eight key tips for writing a thriller—from creating compelling protagonists and villains to pacing suspenseful action.