Do you need to have studied psychology to write a psychological thriller?


Thank you for answering my previous question.

I'm a high school student, and I'm writing a psychological thriller involving a stalker. I talked to my brother about it and he told me to buy books on psychology. I'm almost done with the book though (on 70,000 words) and am aiming for 80-90,000. So is it necessary? And will studying psychology help?

Thank you.

Answer: Researching the psychology of stalkers can inform you about their typical way of thinking and behaving, just to make sure your portrayal is not way off base. (Some of your readers could be psychologists who would notice.)

Keep in mind, however, that you're not writing about an average stalker. You're writing about a particular stalker. And if you feel you really have a handle on how and why this particular character behaves the way he does, that may be more important.

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