Writing the Thriller for Submission and Publication

How to Write, Create, and Sell Your Own Fiction Bestseller | taught by Rob Parnell

Course description

Topic: WRITING GENRE THRILLERS

Level: Beginner

Duration: 4 hours approx

Delivery: Text, PDF

RPWA Certificate: Yes

It’s Rob Parnell - author of over 30 number one bestsellers - here with something that I’m sure will thrill you!

When it comes to the mainstream bestseller lists, one particular genre stands tall. So much so, it’s probably seen as the most ‘respectable’. It is, of course, the thriller.

Not only do thrillers make authors and their publishers very rich, they also make the most money in terms of film and TV rights, generating vast revenues worldwide. Thrillers are also in hot demand for translation, serial and resell rights. Authoring a series of thrillers can literally catapult your career and your earning potential to the stars!

Just look at the success of Dan Brown, Matthew Reilly, John Grisham, Jeffrey Deaver, Lee Child, James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs, Richard North Patterson, Jonathan Kellerman, Michael Crichton, Sue Grafton, Sara Paretsky - the list goes on and on - all of whom make a very respectable living crafting taut, psychological suspense fiction.

Wouldn’t you like to emulate the success of these authors? Sure you would. Now you can.

This new and fully updated resource takes you through the critical basics of writing modern thrillers for publication.

From creating classic heroes and heroines, unforgettable villains, through research and plotting story, handling action and building suspense into great denouements, to style, tone, credibility, etc, etc – in fact, everything you might need to start a career in this exciting arena of commercial storytelling.

Here are the contents:

Introduction: The Thriller: Form and Function. An analysis of the genre, its history, and place in our culture, including a comprehensive overview of sub-genres.

Lesson One: Imagining Classic Characters, your key to success. We explore how to create and develop believable personalities that will stand the test of time.

Lesson Two: Effective Research including easy, no cost ways to give your fiction total veracity – from info and advice on police procedure to medical trauma and law.

Lesson Three: Backward Plotting – the secret to stretching the fictional envelope, and keeping those twists turning ever tighter.

Lesson Four: Sex, Guns, and Vitriol. How a stirring mix of ingredients can mark you out as a writer of originality and panache.

Lesson Five: Outwitting the Foe: How set-up and preparation are essential to convincing resolutions, plus how to use false clues and secondary characters to intriguing effect.

Lesson Six: Serialization. How to make your best sellers run and run. Little known tactics for ensuring readers (and publishers!) clamor to buy your next book.

All this plus lots of useful exercises and writing advice that will build your raw ideas into a credible and compelling story in no time at all!. By absorbing this information, you will be able to create a complete template for a stunning piece of novel length fiction and gain a solid grounding in the requirements of this genre.

After payment through our completely secure server, you will be taken to the Academy dashboard where you can take the course at your leisure, or, if you want, download the entire course contents instantly.

Rob Parnell
Your Personal Instructor

Rob Parnell
Rob Parnell
Your Personal Instructor

Rob Parnell has been teaching online since 2002, specifically helping writers earn money from their passion. He is the proud founder of The Writing Academy, an online school dedicated to student success and authorial excellence.

Rob has published over thirty number-one best-selling books on genre fiction authorship, freelance writing, motivation, productivity; getting rich, staying thin and healthy. When it comes to making a living from writing, composing music, and creating film projects, Rob is a man who knows what he's talking about! You'll enjoy his down-to-earth style and the feeling Rob somehow knows you like a friend!

Rob has been writing since he was five years old. He writes every day without fail - it's a compulsion - and he still hasn't run out of things to say... His preferred genre is the thriller - sometimes with a supernatural edge - in which he writes short stories, novels, screenplays, and adult thrillers - including his Purge detective novels and the popular Sherlock Holmes: Zombie Slayer series. Also a musician and composer, an accomplished singer, media producer and budding movie maker, Rob is ecstatically happy to be married to Robyn Opie Parnell, his savior, and the popular best-selling children's author.

They live miles from anywhere in their beautiful country farmhouse, its eleven acres tucked within inches of the stunning Flinders Ranges, with their beloved pets, Wally the dog and the cats: Jessie, Iggy (because he's The Wild One) and their latest, Lucky.

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Reviews (4)

great insights into what makes a good thriller

by Anna Vernick
This course helped me know how to put my ideas together to create a flowing tight story, and demystified the way to get all the threads to meet at the end, with a very simple technique. Thank you Rob for the insights and process.

Great Course!

by Jake Coetzee
Great course! Valuable info and a great addition of examples to how it's done. Thanks Rob!

Methodical approach

by James O'Brien
The blueprint for writing your novel is in this course. Well structured and helpful.
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great insights into what makes a good thriller

by Anna Vernick
This course helped me know how to put my ideas together to create a flowing tight story, and demystified the way to get all the threads to meet at the end, with a very simple technique. Thank you Rob for the insights and process.

Great Course!

by Jake Coetzee
Great course! Valuable info and a great addition of examples to how it's done. Thanks Rob!

Methodical approach

by James O'Brien
The blueprint for writing your novel is in this course. Well structured and helpful.

Easy way to get one of these thrillers written

by cheryl taylor
I enjoyed this course immensely. It explained to me a way of not stressing out too much and also showed me where I had gone wrong in a lot of places with my writing before. I have never bothered to put together a script before writing, so my stories either fizzled out or were not brilliant when I had finished, hence none of them have ever been published. Many thanks, Rob! I will be returning to it when I need to.