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How to write a Thrilling Book like Dark Harvest

How to write a Thrilling Book like Dark Harvest
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Dark Harvest, the horror movie inspired by the year 2023, but the book by Norman Partridge has won over many people and left just as many…sad? The gruesome killing scenes fascinated many, fear easily gives way to expressions of surprise and shock.

After this, all the people who are still looking for something, a more in-depth explanation, try to find it in the 2006’s book.

Dark harvest Plot summary

The story takes place in a farming community in the 60s with a very interesting tradition. So basically every year at Halloween this monster Sawtooth Jack rises from the cornfields and goes on a rampage.

In response, the townspeople round up all of their 18-year-old boys, lock them up, and then pit them against this strange monster. It’s a kind of competition where the winner who manages to kill the monster gets expensive prizes.

If Sawtooth Jack survives a year instead, there will be a plague in the town and nothing will grow. The town will die.

Dark harvest Book by Norman Partridge

How to write a thrilling book

1. Use the narrator to your advantage

Creating an unreliable narrator is one of the greatest choices for a thriller. We, as readers, believe every word he says. All the “facts” he thinks and believes, we see as the truth.

An unreliable narrator has to contradict himself with his actions, and the people around him have to show the readers the real truth. You can see an example of this in this article about sociopathic characters.

2. Make the reader anxious

A person reads a thriller for many reasons. To appreciate the genre, they must love the thrill, the fear, the mystery, the lies.
If, while reading your fiction book, the reader is

  • calm
  • detached
  • bored

You are really doing something wrong.

A mystery book must give us all great emotions, and only the end, sometimes, can make us realease. Every time I read this kind of book, I feel uneasy and tremble to find out the truth.

Little tip: use details to create a climate of fear. Don’t just say a room is dark and make the protagonist feel scared. Describe why. Describe the deer head on the wall with eyes that describe unimaginable horrors. The little things make the biggest impact.

3. Give wrong solutions

While writing your mystery book, you must remember to give the reader small victories and even false ones. Here’s what I mean.

If the protagonist solves the main conflict of the book at the end, suddenly, without any mental process, the solution will not make sense to the reader.

You have to take your reader on a journey with your protagonists.

Drop clues and let one truth after another be revealed as the story progresses. Until you get to the truth. But also drop clues that are disconnected from each other.

They confuse the reader, mess with his ideas and assumptions, make the truth of the story much more articulated than what the reader expected. Make the characters believe something and then show why and how they are completely wrong. Make it shocking, and you will have achieved your goal.

4. Make the characters touch the bottom

If we really want to scare the readers. We have to do the same with our poor characters. They have to get into a situation so complicated that they risk losing everything.

Everything they believed in or fought for. It is only then that you can reach the climax of the suspense and tie the knot that you will have to untie at the end.

5. Reveal the truth at the end, but leave clues

There are many books that leave the truth, the last step, until the end. And what do they get? They infodump the reader so much that when they close the book, they are left with confusion and numbness.

You don’t want that.

To save yourself the trouble, you have to use clues, for the entire duration of your book.

How to leave clues

How to write a mistery novel

1. Think ahead

A thriller, a mystery, but I think every genre of fiction has to use clues in the narrative. I have already explained why they are needed, but in summary, they are there to make the reader feel a part of the world you are creating. To understand how to use them, you need to know that there are two types of writers.

  • There is the one who plans everything before touching a blank page. He decides the beginning, the middle and the end of the book. If you are like that, you probably need to plan your clues the same way.
  • The other is the one who goes with the flow. He has a vague idea of the story or the protagonist. And he just builds the plot as it goes. This type of writer can’t plan ahead for his life, so the best way to leave clues is to do it after the book is finished. After he knows his story completely. While editing, he will have to go back and put in all the details that will then make his story worthwhile.

2. Plan, plan, plan

Of course, even the most forward-thinking writer can’t anticipate every new idea that will come up as the book is being written.

So I suggest planning your clues as you decide what your chapter will look like. If you know something is going to happen, say it a few chapters earlier. Use a phrase, a seemingly small delay, a voice. A feeling. The book is yours, you decide.

3. Plant the seed and then let the reader forget about it

There are many ways to leave clues without the reader even thinking about them. Writing clues in Mystery can be very easy.

For example, you can use two objects.

One is the real evidence, the second is to deceive both the character and the reader. If you make the character more interested in the second, the reader will almost forget about the first until you bring it up again.

Another way to use clues in your mystery is to simply mix them in with your descriptions. This way, the reader will not question it until you decide to explain it.

Dark harvest streaming options and Book

You can watch Dark Harvest on Amazon Prime Video or stream, rent or buy it on Apple TV, Google Play Movies and Vudu. The Book is available at Barnes and Noble and on Amazon (discounted).

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