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

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429913638
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 03/30/2010
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 306
Sales rank: 344,457
File size: 329 KB

About the Author

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.


James N. Frey is the author of the internationally bestselling How to Write a Damn Good Novel and How to Write a Damn Good Novel, II, as well as nine novels. He has taught and lectured on creative writing at several different schools and conferences throughout the U.S. and Europe.

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traderted50 More than 1 year ago
James N. Frey's latest addition to his ongoing series of instructional and entertaining text regarding writing is another DAMN GOOD READ. I did an earlier review on another of Mr. Frey's books in this series and you may notice that I am a rather large fan of this man. I have read each of his books in this series and use them on a daily basis. The information contained is delivered in an easy to understand, sequential manner that is understandable and easily applicable by novice and pro alike. Mr. Frey has a series of lectures that he administers throughout the country. I have not been fortunate enough to attend one yet, but have communicated with Mr. Frey on ocassion via e mail and find him to be a down to earth and knowledgeable person willing to share his unique and effective take on writing with anyone who has the desire to write....
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janett0 More than 1 year ago
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 the pages to see what's going to happen next, is suspense. In a thriller the hero has a mission to foil evil. With types of thriller examples given, this book is informative for rise and falling tension placement. References and many examples are given to build story structure. This book is inspiring to power writers to think. I own a copy of this essential book and highly recommend it.