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.
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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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Welcome to the part 2 of thriller outlining. This process is to be both fulfilling and inspiring to you as a thriller writer. To start, we are going to discuss arguably one of the most frustrating areas for writers and, that is the creation of your...
When it comes to novel outlining, there is a raucous debate amongst authors. Some writers, the so-called pantsers, scoff at outlining, and prefer to just put pen to paper and write. Other writers swear by the process. The debate between the pantsers and...
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...
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