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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

A 5-step Plan for Outlining your Novel or Short Story

A 5-step Plan for Outlining your Novel or Short Story

In a previous post, we discussed the pros and cons of using an outline to guide your writing process.  After some consideration, you’ve decided to use an outline as you write your very first thriller. Good for you! But now that you’ve decided to outline...

Thriller Story Structure, Pt. 12: Story Resolution

Thriller Story Structure, Pt. 12: Story Resolution

Everything comes to an end sooner or later. And in fiction, how you end a story is as important as how you began it. If your thriller roars out of the starting gate with a tremendous opening and a riveting plot, but concludes with a dissatisfying ending, your readers...

Thriller Outlining Series, Pt 3: Developing Your Story Idea

Thriller Outlining Series, Pt 3: Developing Your Story Idea

Welcome to part three of the thriller outlining series. In the first two blog posts in this series we examined the basic fundamentals of a thriller, compared and contrasted the differences between a thriller and a mystery, and learned two methods to...

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