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

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

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By (author) James N Frey

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  • Publisher: St Martin's Press
  • Format: Hardback | 284 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 212mm x 30mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 30 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0312575076
  • ISBN 13: 9780312575076
  • Sales rank: 360,918

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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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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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"Jim Frey invented and owns the territory of disciplined fiction writing. Because he absolutely knows his stuff, he demands and tolerates nothing less than solid craft from his writing students, without settling for the niceties of mediocrity that won't get you published. If you want to understand what it takes to write a great story, and with unflinching clarity, Jim Frey is the guy." --Larry Brooks, author of "Darkness Bound, Serpent's Dance, Bait and Switch," and "Pressure Points""I have James N. Frey's books on my shelves and the spines on both are falling apart from use. He absolutely forced me to understand things like "premise" that I otherwise would not have had a clue about. I firmly believe his books are among the best, if not the best books on the craft. He demands a lot of writers, but we both know that is absolutely essential if you are seeking to get published in this difficult market. I would be first in line to buy his new book on thrillers, though I'm certain it will cause me hours of angst because of all the things I don't know. Never met him, but would shake his hand if I did and thank him. He forces writers to think, and we don't like to do that, we like to write, but it is absolutely essential."--Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author of "Wrong Death, The Jury Master," and "Damage Control""For over twenty years, James N. Frey has been providing insightful, straightforward how-to guidance on how to achieve greater dramatic effect and power in writing fiction. His gift for clarity and his passion for craft resonate on every page. Don't be put off by the bare-knuckles title. This is a wise book. Anyone interested in writing thrillers would be foolish to pass it over."--David Corbett, author of "Blood of Paradise, Done for a Dime," and "The Devil's Redhead""Whether you plan to write a thriller as a novel or a screenplay, this book will help you throughout your creative process. All the tricks of the trade and all the insights o