Thrillers are as intricately woven as a spider web, and function according to unique dramaturgical rules. Learn how to use the FOUR DEVELOPMENT MODELS for THRILLERS to write movies like THE MATRIX, THE SIXTH SENSE, MULHOLLAND DRIVE, THE CRYING GAME, and FARGO, and how to:

  • Use twists, turns and reversals for maximum surprise and suspense
  • Map out the plot according to the FOUR LINES of THRILLER EXPOSITION
  • Create compelling thriller characters according to their inner paradox and outer dilemma
  • Construct your thriller according to the central dramatic situation and action motifs
  • Orchestrate the Core Triangle of Characters to create the most enthralling experience for the audience
  • Use dark comedy and/or provide comic relief in thrillers

Writing Great Thrillers