Posted on May 10, 2022 at 8:30 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Writer's Digest has shared two pieces on writing thrillers recently.

In one, author Jeremy Scott clarifies what "write what you know" really means.

It doesn't, at least in his opinion, refer to your profession — it refers to your lived experience.

So for him, tapping into details like the layout of your hometown or the food your family always served is critical to immersing your reader in a thriller.

And back to that professional background point — New York Times bestselling author Don Bentley actually has experience in the intelligence and military fields.

But he's not arguing that you must, in order to write a compelling espionage novel, have worked in those fields, too.

Instead, he shares four must-know facts for every military/espionage thriller writer.

(PS! After sharing this post, we realized that Joanna Penn had talked with Angela Marsons about how to write a successful crime thriller series for her The Creative Penn podcast.)

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