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Write a Bestselling Thriller: Teach Yourself

Write a Bestselling Thriller: Teach Yourself [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Branton
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Make a breakthrough: this book is an interactive and dynamic guide for anyone who wants to write a tightly plotted, unputdownable thriller - and get it published.

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Write a Bestselling Thriller: Strategies to Get Your Book Published is a step by step guide to putting together an unputdownable narrative. It takes you on a journey through each component of the thriller, breaking the process down into key factors such as what a Hero really needs, creating Twists,  Character-Development and Character Arcs, Plot Development and Structure, and on-the-page Style. The whole of the second part is devoted to the publishing process, from approaching agents to maximizing contracts, while the entire book features dozens of practical exercises to let you try the techniques for yourself. There are case-studies of both market-leaders and fresh voices in thriller-fiction, dozens of original writing-exercises which will get your writing moving and flowing, with the key ideas picked out and summarized for you to take forward as you read. Each chapter concludes with a reminder of the key points, and a round-up of what to expect in the next chapter, to both whet your appetite for what's coming and show how it relates to what you've read so far.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 483 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself (16 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009W32XQU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #165,504 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent how-to of thriller writing 8 April 2013
This study of thriller writing is both an examination of the genre's continuing value and the best how-to book I've read. Written with a novel writer's craft, it engages and excites as it unpacks the mechanics of best practice with constant reference to books that set the example. You'll want to read, or re-read, several of them after you've been led to see them in this new light. Primarily the book's purpose is to set out a clear and precise survey of the techniques it is necessary to employ in order to write your own, with good advice that will carry you through to presenting your own manuscript to an agent. But it's much more. The arguments here, in favour of knowing what narrative structure is and why it connects with readers, are of value in themselves. I'd recommend it to writers of literary and other genres of fiction.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but avoid the last three chapters... 26 Jun 2013
By oscarb
I really enjoyed this book and probably would have given it four stars until I got to the last three chapters. The majority of the book is great and really does give some useful advice on constructing a thriller novel. It goes quite deep into character and structure and uses some excellent examples of classic contemporary thrillers.
So if you are writing or want to write a thriller then I recommend it...with one caveat...Don't read the last three chapters.
These final chapters deal with getting an agent, publisher etc and for me felt slightly outdated and disheartening. My copy was published in 2012 so I guess it's the latest edition. Anyway if I had read these last few chapters before writing a novel I would never want to write one!

So good book and constructive help on writing a thriller, but don't read the last few chapters until you have a finished novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mosy helpful book 12 Jan 2013
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this is the most useful book on this subject I haver read in a long time. I highlky recommend it to anyone wanting to start out in this genre. Great value.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of writing a thriller 10 Dec 2012
Disclosure: I received a free copy from the publisher.

This book is an excellent primer to the thriller genre, using some big name authors to help explain the concepts. I particularly enjoyed the breakdown of James Patterson's Roses Are Red which highlighted the techniques of the author and how others can emulate the plotting style.
At heart "a thriller is a mystery which pushes jeopardy to the end of the line", it cranks up the stakes and everything must go wrong for the protagonist who must keep fighting until the end. I found the deeper look at human values interesting and the way in which character should develop, as well as how to create twists within the plot.
A useful book for the thriller writer's toolbox.
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