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Ruth Ware on Writing Psychological Thriller Novels Oct 04, 2020

With our thanks to Ruth Ware, one of our guest author tutors, whose writing class is available to those taking our novel writing courses.

Ruth Ware is the New York Times bestselling author of psychological thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10 and The Turn of the Key.

Ruth Ware on writing novels.

I've always loved locked room mysteries. I love reading them – I find a really clever puzzle with finite possible solutions is somehow that bit more satisfying to solve than a novel where anyone could have wandered in off the street and stabbed their victim.

I also love writing them, as the fact that I keep returning to the locked room structure attests. There's something about setting yourself a challenge – a small cast of characters, a confined setting, a strictly limited set of options in terms of suspects, victims and murder weapons – and trying to be as creative as possible within those parameters that really sets my...

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