How to Write a Damn Good Thriller: A Step-by-Step Guide for Novelists and Screenwriters (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Mar 30, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 306 pages
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A quick look at any fiction bestseller list reveals that thrillers make up most of the titles at the top. HOW TO WRITE A DAMN GOOD THRILLER will help the aspiring novelist or screenwriter to design, draft, write, and polish a thriller that is sure to grab readers. Frey uses examples from both books and movies and addresses the following hot topics:*Germinal ideas*Breathing life into great thriller characters*Crafting a gripping opening*Maintaining tension*Creating obstacles and conflicts*Writing a mean, lean thriller scene*Adding surprise twists*Building a smashing climaxand many more. In his trademark approachable and humorous style, Frey illuminates the building blocks of great thrillers and gives the reader the tools to write his or her own.
  

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Review: How to Write a Damn Good Thriller: A Step-by-Step Guide for Novelists and Screenwriters

User Review  - Kelly Maybedog - Goodreads

This was terrible, so far the worst book on writing that I've read. I have tons of notes but I'm too irritated right now to write a full review. Suffice to say that when he gave this example, I lost ... Read full review

Review: How to Write a Damn Good Thriller: A Step-by-Step Guide for Novelists and Screenwriters

User Review  - Margo Kelly - Goodreads

This is a good book for authors to add to their arsenal of writing tools. While there were some EXCELLENT sections in this book, there were also a LOT of pages of information that were not helpful to ... Read full review

Contents

High Concepts and Bad Concepts Types of Thrillers Plus a Special Note About Psychological Thrillers
1
Some Sample Germinal Ideas and Other Good Stuff
21
3 All About Your New Best Friend Your Villain
41
4 Creating Villains and Exploiting Their Dark Missions
55
Examples to Show How Easy It Is
85
6 All About the Thriller Hero the Flawed Thriller Hero and a NotSoFlawed Hero for Peace Day
101
7 All About Plot Structure
121
8 All About Voice and Viewpoint and Other Cool Stuff
133
Various Gripping Openings to Consider
167
The Gripping Opening of Peace Day Movement I and The Hero in Terrible Trouble Movement II
197
How to Create a Damn Good Climax
223
13 All About a Satisfying Resolution
245
The Thriller Writers Attitude and The Authors Responsibility as a Thriller Writer
247
Appendix
251
Index
269
Copyright

9 How to Make the Reader Dream the Fictive Dream
149

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About the author (2010)

JAMES N. FREY is the author of internationally bestselling books on the craft of fiction writing, including HOW TO WRITE A DAMN GOOD NOVEL, HOW TO WRITE A DAMN GOOD NOVEL II: Advanced Techniques, and THE KEY: How to Write Damn Good Fiction Using the Power of Myth. He is also the author of nine novels, including the Edgar Award-nominated THE LONG WAY TO DIE. He has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, Extension, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and the Oregon Writers' Colony, and he is a featured speaker at writers' conferences throughout the United States and Europe. He lives with his--he says, "truly heroic"--wife, Liza, in Berkeley, California.

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