THRILLER ONLINE CLASS
Yes, You Can Write A Thriller Script That’s Totally Original.
John Truby’s Thriller Online Class is specially designed to help you write something unique in this popular but often predictable genre.
Thriller is one of the most popular genres because it combines the criminality and surprise of the detective with the danger and pressure of horror. A good thriller puts the hero in trouble early and never lets up. But thrillers can be tricky because you have to create a lot of plot in a small space with just a few characters.
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 Thriller Lessons:
Lesson 1 – Develop your premise. Study the unique problems you will encounter in writing a thriller and write one or two lines explaining how you will avoid each of them.
Lesson 2 – Come up with a unique crime for your opponent to commit.
Lesson 3 – Determine how the crime is going to put the hero in danger. Figure out how that danger will personally change the hero for the better. Come up with the personal test the hero will have to face by virtue of his/her suspicion of the suspect.
Lesson 4 – Define the unique society of your story.
Lesson 5 – List the sequence of evidence suggesting that the main suspect committed the crime and the sequence of evidence suggesting that the suspect is innocent. Define in as much detail as possible the two deeper worlds and sets of values the suspect and hero represent. Track the hero’s moral decline as he/ she gets closer to catching the suspect.
Lesson 6 – Add the story beats unique to your thriller sub-genre to your main story beats.
Lesson 7 – Describe the overall moral argument you will present in your story.
Lesson 8 – Detail how you will transcend the thriller to write something original and powerful.