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Secrets of the Thriller Genre, Part Two; How to distinguish the Thriller from the Horror and Crime Genres

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In Part One of this article, we examined the fundamentals of the Thriller Genre and compared and contrasted it with certain aspects of the Horror and Crime Genres. Here, in Part Two, I’ll go deeper with those comparisons and demonstrate the differing obligatory scenes and conventions of all three of these closely related genres. Since… Read more »

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How to Launch a Scene

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If you Google “great first lines in literature” you’ll get page after page of top-100 and top-50 blog posts citing “Call me Ishmael” and “It is a truth universally acknowledged…” Some of these articles go on to analyze what makes certain opening lines classic or great, and offer tips to writers on this daunting topic…. Read more »

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