CRIME ONLINE CLASS
How to Write the Most Twisted of All Story Forms.
The Crime genre is quite different from the Detective form. It isn’t about uncovering crime. It’s either about committing it or fighting it. Some crime stories get inside the criminal organization and the criminal mind. Others take the point of view of the cop, the warrior in a blue uniform who has to fight those who make their own laws.
The Crime Online Class will help you become a topnotch crime writer by helping you build unique heroes, criminals, and crime sequences, as well as showing you the special story beats of every crime story.
This online class takes you step-by-step through the storytelling process, from one-line idea to final script, so that you can write an excellent work of fiction. In each of the lessons, you will first study the material and then complete the appropriate writing exercise.
Send your written responses to the exercises to firstname.lastname@example.org for comprehensive feedback. Then proceed to the next lesson. John Truby has designed the lessons in the order that will produce your best work in the shortest amount of time. However, you are free to take the lessons in any order you wish.
The Crime Lessons:
Lesson 1 – Learn the inherent problems for writing a crime story and explore ways of developing your crime premise to avoid these problems.
Lesson 2 – Define the criminal and his view of society.
Lesson 3 – Describe the crime in detail and why he/she commits it.
Lesson 4 – How is the crime accomplished (the opponent’s plan)? How is the cop in personal trouble? How is he a deeper person than others in the society? What are his personal quirks?
Lesson 5 —
Figure out the techniques the cop will use to catch the criminal: surveillance, informants, evidence, etc. Detail the battle of wits between cop and criminal.
Explain how the cop goes too far.
Lesson 6 – How do the elements of the crime sub-genre you are using combine with the basic crime beats?
Lesson 7 – Detail how you will transcend the crime story to write something original and powerful.
Lesson 8 – Apply the list of common crime errors to your story before doing your rewrite.