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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.

Step 1:

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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Read Our Most Popular Articles

Outlining a Police Procedural, Pt 1: Introduction

Outlining a Police Procedural, Pt 1: Introduction

Your Source For Learning How To Outline A Police Procedural Welcome to a new series Fiction Formula is excited to announce a new outlining series. Since the creation of this website, it’s been our goal to provide actual outlines that are far...

Thriller Outlining Series, Pt6: Scene Building

Thriller Outlining Series, Pt6: Scene Building

Welcome to the 6th installment of the Thriller Outlining Series. It’s time to write your outline. Since we began this series, we’ve taken your idea from concept all the way through the major parts of story structure as taught by Larry Brooks. Now, in this...

12 Elements of Fiction Writing – Scene Definitions and Uses

12 Elements of Fiction Writing – Scene Definitions and Uses

Learn the Proper Scene Elements and Create Unforgettable Scenes What is a scene? A scene is a unit of fiction. If you line up related units together, they form a story. If you spend time making sure every element of a scene is present then you’ll write great fiction....

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The Vault contains premiere content specifically designed to help you learn all aspects of story structure and outlining within the thriller genre. And the best part, it’s completely free.

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