The Best Vocabulary To Use While Writing A Thriller

October has come and gone, but its spookiness lives and thrives in published stories and novels throughout the other eleven months. Ghosts and goblins are never afraid to present themselves in the middle of February or through the nights of June.

Each story genre comes with its own set of rules, standards, and writing technique. This includes the horror genre. Writing thrillers is meant to convey and portray an extra layer of immersion to the reader. People read the genre to be shocked, feel fearful like the characters, and because being scared and frightened is an oddly appealing feeling.

Like any genre, the immersion begins with the plot and ends with word choice. The question poses, how can the author of the horror genre depict the unfolding scenes in a way that wraps and weaves the reader in the scare and makes it feel as if they are meant to come face to face with the monster all along?

While some believe in ghosts and others not so much, there are still fragments of horror that are not necessarily real or realistic. This is where word choice comes in role. Word choice can bring anything to life.

What is the best vocabulary to use while writing a thriller?

What phrases can we use that go beyond “It was a dark and stormy night” or “the wind howled” or stating how so and so felt “scared.”

Anyone can use a thesaurus to avoid the amateur language, but how do we dig deeper than that?

Here is an extensive list of words to integrate in your next thriller.

  • Trepidation
  • Grotesque
  • Daunting
  • Perilous
  • Malicious
  • Malevolent
  • Demonic
  • Devilish
  • Hellish
  • Atrocious
  • Repulsive
  • Monstrous
  • Sinister
  • Scoundrel
  • Apparition
  • Petrified
  • Bloodcurdling
  • Morbid
  • Wicked
  • Menacing
  • Ghoulish
  • Freakish
  • Ashen
  • Pallid
  • Ghastly
  • Aghast
  • Stunned
  • Ominous
  • Doom
  • Destructive

Which words of the list above were your favorite?

Which words are you likely to incorporate into your own writing?

Reply in the comment section below and as always, thanks for reading!

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