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Thrillers

102 very clever ideas that will enable you to write unique, compelling and successful thrillers that will have your readers on the edges of their seats.

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This book includes:

  • The easy way to write thrillers
  • The thriller formula
  • The different levels of story path
  • Why plausibility and truth sells more books
  • How to increase the level of drama
  • Why your story needs a deadline - and different ones you can use
  • Why your story needs a bomb - but it needn't be a physical thing
  • The best sorts of heroes for thrillers
  • The best sorts of villains for thrillers
  • How to get your hero out of trouble, whatever the situation
  • All about conspiracy theories
  • Creating your own disasters
  • Turning pursuits into double pursuits
  • How to make your readers scared - and how to tell if they are
  • Making use of the news
  • Why the little things really matter in the beginning
  • How to control the pace
  • How to use the writer's curse (because you can't avoid it!)
  • Plus over 40 great storylines you can use or adapt as you wish
  • And much more - far too many great ideas to list here!

Sample idea: Research equals ideas

One thing that stands out in just about any decent thriller you read is that the writer has done some research. Whatever the story is about - legal, medical, forensics, police, business, computers, and so on - the writer has obviously gone along and watched someone doing the job, or has taken a guided tour, or interviewed someone who does that job in real life. He's able to describe the exact process in detail. And detail is important in thrillers because lives often depend on it.

Let's say that your thriller is all about your hero searching for and defusing a bomb. In this case you should at least know the basic principles of how to identify and defuse a bomb, even if you couldn't actually do it yourself. If your story describes the process in detail then you'll need to speak to a bomb disposal expert, read books on the subject, finds internet articles on bomb-making and defusing, and so on.

With the clock ticking away, the bomb is slowly and painstakingly disarmed. You can't rush something like that, because if you make a mistake the bomb will explode anyway. But you do have to rush it, because time is running out and if it goes off then people will die. There's a great dilemma for your story: he can't rush but he has to!

If you're writing a medical thriller you might need to describe a particular surgical procedure in detail - and readers usually like this sort of thing. So, again, you'll need to research it, and (if possible) observe the procedure being carried out for real, or on a video recording.

As well as making your story accurate and convincing, another advantage of doing all this research is that you'll probably find out about all sorts of things that could go wrong. Hopefully the real-life procedure you're observing will go without a hitch. But that needn't be the case in your fictional version.

What exactly is your thriller about? What are the crucial details that you really need to include to make it convincing, and to give your readers an insight into the stresses and tension involved? How will you go about finding out about these details?

[EXTENSION] Don't forget that villains can be very evil, very clever, and very cunning. For example, the bomb might have a timer on it that counts down to zero. But what if it's actually set to go off with 5 minutes to go, rather than 0? Or what if the timer has nothing to do with the bomb, which is triggered remotely? Or what if the bomb is booby trapped, so it goes off if someone tries to defuse it?

Who would the villain be in other sorts of thriller, such as the medical example? How might he demonstrate his cunning and evilness?

Alternative product:

You might prefer the complete Volume 3 (Genre fiction)

Includes: Comedy, Crime, Fantasy, Historical, Horror,
Mystery and Suspense, Romance, Science Fiction, Thrillers

1,228 very clever ideas, 564 pages, £27.99

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