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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.

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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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What is a plot point?

What is a plot point?

Using Conflict to Create Plot Points in Your Thriller There are many different types of writers, with varying preferences of writing. Some will outline every detail of the story before even writing the first word. Others will sit down with their idea and just get...

Outlining a Police Procedural, Pt 3: Response

Outlining a Police Procedural, Pt 3: Response

You're About to Learn How to Plot a Novel Welcome to the third post in the Outlining a Police Procedural series where you're learning how to plot a novel. We’re excited to keep the momentum going and continue to help you outline your own police procedural or detective...

Outlining a Police Procedural, Pt 6: Outline Expansion

Outlining a Police Procedural, Pt 6: Outline Expansion

Outline Expansion is a good first step to a rough draft Welcome to the final blog post in the Police Procedural Outlining series. If you’ve been following along since the beginning, you’re now sitting on a complete outline, albeit a rough outline for your own police...

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