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  •  The rules that inspired John Grisham: (2+ / 0-)
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    The 10 Commandments of How to Write a Thriller

    Start with action; explain it later.
    Make it tough for your protagonist.
    Plant it early; pay it off later.
    Give the protagonist the initiative.
    Give the protagonist a personal stake.
    Give the protagonist a tight time limit, and then shorten it.
    Choose your character according to your own capacities,   as well as his.
    Know your destination before you set out.
    Don’t rush in where angels fear to tread.
    Don’t write anything you wouldn’t want to read.

    These aren't the rules of a thriller; these are the laws of story momentum.

    I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

    by CFAmick on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 08:01:04 AM PDT

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