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

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St. Martin's Press, 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 climax
and 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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User Review  - jen.e.moore - LibraryThing

Based on the excerpts, I don't think I'd like Frey's fiction very much. But that's okay, because his writing books are still amazing. He packs a lot of good information into a small space, doesn't get ... Read full review

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User Review  - JanettLeeWawrzyniak - LibraryThing

Presenting the map for thriller novel writing is given in examples of sequence. The main ingredient of a thriller is pulse-pounding suspense. The quality of fiction that makes the reader want to turn ... Read full review


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

9 How to Make the Reader Dream the Fictive Dream

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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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