When your life has already been threatened, do not, under any circumstances, leave a safe location to strike out on your own telling no one (even if, no, most especially if, the villain tells you to tell know one). You will most assuredly be captured or killed and you will force others to do unsafe things to restore you to safety.
If you must chase after the bad guys and you are intelligent enough to take back-up, do not under any circumstances, hare off on a side trail because you saw or heard something and leave your back up help behind. See results in Rule #1.
I know it’s tough, especially when you’re around a bunch of macho men and maybe some macho women, but do not assume- because you’ve been around them or because you took one little two hour course in self-defense at the community center or one trip to the gun range- that you are now She-Ra and can take on a fully armed and highly skilled villain, gang, or army. See results in Rule #1
Now, I hate to get indelicate, but needs must and all. Sadly this must be said. When you are running for your life with that hot and sizzlingly attractive danger buddy, do not stop and drop (this is what you do when set on fire, not scratching an itch) to the sand, the jungle floor, or any other convenient flat surface to have a quicky or five impossible rounds (no one, not even the most spry individual has that kind of endurance). You will most definitely lose the mood, might even get a rash or bit by an insect or other wild creature. Oh, and you might be unlucky enough for worse (see the results in Rule #1).
And, one more thing, heed the warning. I refer to any advice delivered from your friends and acquaintances who have training, skills, and experience in dealing with a dangerous situation or villains of any stripe. They really do know what they are talking about and your craving to defy a person you secretly have the hots for or your deep need to prove yourself as strong and independent (see Rule #3) will only end badly (see result for Rule #1).
There, that ought to get our intrepid thriller heroines started.
So, what about you, any TSTL Survivor Rules you can impart to a thriller heroine?
Have any examples of TSTL or the smart heroines you want to share?