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About Fiction Formula

New to Fiction Formula? New to writing fiction? New to studying story structure and novel outlining? Welcome aboard! There’s a lot of info here, and you certainly don’t have to read it all at once, but here’s the order I suggest for beginners.

Start below, find topics that add value to your life, and take your time. There’s nothing wrong with moving slowly.

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What is Fiction Formula

Hi, I’m Mike Dickson and if you’re a thriller writer I’m glad you’re hear, because I created this website for you. Fiction Formula is specifically designed to help thriller writers learn story structure and outlining.

As a writer and self published author myself I’ve studied and read everything there is on story structure and outlining a novel or novella, or short story. I’ve studied so much I’ve become consumed with learning everything I can that I forget to write!

During my continued studies I began to see a familiar tone. Everyone who published or taught story structure and outlining taught basically the same thing. The basics, intermediate, or advanced elements of story structure and outlining. Sounds great right? I didn’t think so. There was very little talk about genre specific ideas in much of what I studied. So much so, that I had trouble connecting the dots between story structure and how it relates to the genre I care about. I knew if I felt this way, someone else had to as well. So, in August 2013 I started connecting the dots.

I have countless pages of notes on story structure and how the thriller genre fit together. I’ve outlined dozens of thrillers in several of its subgenres.

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Seven Short Story Ideas for Thriller Writers

Seven Short Story Ideas for Thriller Writers

Short stories are an extraordinary part of the fiction world. Unfortunately some authors don’t give them enough thought. Writers sometimes balk at the limited word count that is allowed in a short story, and readers bypass them due to the length as well. Short stories...

Outlining a Police Procedural, Pt 4: Attack

Outlining a Police Procedural, Pt 4: Attack

Your Outline for a Book! Welcome to the fourth blog post in the Outlining a Police Procedural series. If you’re new to Fiction Formula, you’ve come across an outlining series for thriller writer’s designed to help you create a comprehensive novel outline with little...

4 Tips for How to Write a Thriller

4 Tips for How to Write a Thriller

Introduction The primary purpose of a thriller novel is to keep the reader on the edge of the seat. They should intrigue, shock and keep the reader alert from the beginning to the end. As well as captivate the audience and keep them in suspense. Thriller readers want...

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