BOOK COVER REVEAL: Launch Timeline, Massive Giveaway and Big Changes 

BOOK COVER REVEAL

I’m excited to announce that I’m launching a new book in October 2017…

Query Letter Swipe File

I’m really excited because the book is about the exact words, phrases and templates to write query letters, get literary agents and publish books for life.

  • Here’s a link to a free, short online presentation that I created and shared earlier today on social media: http://bit.ly/2vem2Hr
  • Here’s the set of the PDF  slides from that presentation with clickable links (I had you at PDF didn’t I?)

 

I laughed out loud when I heard..

My book has been called the Mad Libs of Query Letters.

I laughed out loud when I heard that but it’s pretty accurate. It’s almost as if the query letter is written for you.

However, there are MAJOR distinctions between my book and Mad Libs:

  • My book is serious (although hopefully vastly entertaining in it’s own way)
  • The swipes in my book don’t give you cookie-cutter queries (far from it)
  • My book provides proven “recipes” that each writer can adapt to create an unlimited variation of perfect pitch

Why Query Letters?

I’ve spent the last 20 years excavating the patterns, forces and tactics that make literary agents say yes. These very same tactics allowed me to get a literary agent with my very first query letter.

Over the last six months, I’ve written over 100 query letters for other writers. Here is just some of the feedback that I have received:

“Again, above and beyond on his way with words. Superb ideas and word choices. Highly recommend!” – Tmanners555

 

“WOW! I’m amazed. If this letter doesn’t grab attention, nothing will. It’s the absolute best that I’ve ever read. Christopher takes his time and he delivers. I highly recommend him and without hesitation I’m going to hire him again.” – brooklynmom

 

“I literally cried when I got the query back, and there wasn’t one but THREE of them! As a 24/7 family caregiver- soon to be Sci-fi published novelist, I don’t have the income to pay top $ to a query writer/editor. Mr. Kokoski is a top dollar writer who is helping to other writers to further their dreams.Thank you so much Mr. Kokoski!” – mamanicey

 

Those reviews hold deep meaning to me because I love helping other writers fulfill their dreams.

As you might have guessed, I used the Query Letter Swipe File to write them. What surprised me most is that I was able to craft each query in less than an hour.

BOOK COVER

Without further ado, here is the cover of my new book which I’m in love with:

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What do you think? Let me know in the blog comments, on Twitter or on my Facebook page.

 

 

JUST THE FACTS, MAM…

Because I want you to be completely in the loop, here are the important dates of my upcoming launch:

There is a massive swipe file giveaway open right now where you can enter for a chance to win $200 worth of swipe files including the following:

  • Synopsis swipe files
  • Viral blog swipe files
  • Author bio swipe files
  • Cover letter swipe files
  • Nonfiction query swipe files
  • And much much more.

You can see the full list of giveaway swipe files on this webpage. (Note: the pre-launch is not open yet so those “order” buttons will redirect you to a page to enter the giveaway. Or, you can scroll down to the bottom of the landing page to see the full giveaway list.)

If you want a cool count down to my book launch, check out this page.

LAUNCH TIMELINE

  • The pre-launch starts on September 23 and runs only for two weeks. So the pre-launch bonuses are only available for two weeks and then they go away completely forever.
  • The official online launch for the book is set for October 7 
  • The live launch is set for October 14.

Other Things of Note:

  • As part of the launch, I am revamping my online platform
  • That includes my newsletter manager and website. I’ll be giving you more details in the next week or so but be on the lookout for a change of
    platform for my blog.
  • The good news is it will still be at http://www.christopherkokoski.com, same domain name.

What Else Am I Doing? 

  • Guest posts on other blogs
  • Seeking guest spots on podcasts
  • Developing other products, freebies and live/online events to create buzz

Yeah, it’s a lot! If you want to hear about my Book Launch, let me know and I’ll write a few posts.

Finally, I created a WRITING SECRETS Community Facebook Group for swapping stories, struggles and strategies for writing bestsellers and drilling down deeper into my blog posts, books and courses on writing.

It’s a private Facebook Group for subscribers of my Writing Secrets newsletter. So sign up and then request to join here: Writing Secrets Community

Whew, this has been one heck of a loaded post about my book launch. Thanks for sticking it out with me.

 

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The Surprising Backstory Secret of Bestselling Authors

The movie DEEPWATER HORIZON does a brilliant job at backstory. 

For those who don't do movies (or at least this one), here is the movie trailer: http://bit.ly/2ua8fR6 

Yes, THAT movie. 

Deepwater deftly handled backstory – no easy task – like a Grandmaster Bestselling Author (I just made that up). 

How did the movie do it? 

The Surprising Backstory Secret of Bestselling Authors

 The secret: indirect revelation 

There were at least three ways the movie threaded backstory into the ongoing story: 

  • Interaction/Demonstration 
  • Threat
  • Quips 

Interaction/Demonstration 

One of the opening scenes finds Mark Walhburg (protagonist) and his wife listening to their daughter read a school project on what Mark does for a living – deep water oil drilling. 

He corrects her along the way and cheers at the end. This is fluid, interactive and INDIRECT revelation on the story "world". 

Threat

As part of the "rehearsal" demonstration, the daughter uses a soda can to represent deep water drilling. 

This visual object focuses attention, enhances clarity and allows the different characters to interact. 

It's a brilliant scene that ends with the soda can erupting. Just as the deepwater drill will later explode. 

What does that tell us? Drilling is a dangerous job rife with the unexpected. Backstory mixed beautifully with foreshadowing. 

Interesting, visual and indirect. 

Quips

 Another example from the movie occurs moments later when Mark's wife quips: "You only worry about a marine when he stops (complaining)". 

Complaining is my word. The movie word started with a "b" and rhymes with "itching" 🙂

This quip, too, is indirect revelation – Mark's character is a Marine, or former Marine. Important character info hidden in a "throwaway" line of dialogue. 

Again, indirect. Clever. 

When you have story info to share, do it indirectly through dialogue, demonstration, conflict and quips. 

But knowing about these techniques doesnt necessarily mean that you know how to make them work in your own story. 

So here's how…

How To Develop Your Own Backstory Delivery System

1) Know the important backstory 

Not every piece of backstory is critical. As a rule of thumb, leave out as much as possible. Critical backstory is what the reader MUST know to make sense of the story. 

2) Start "On the Nose"

Write it out directly first. In the movie, this would be Mark saying, "I'm a Marine." 

Sometimes, surprisingly, this works. 

So begin "on the nose" to give yourself a baseline, a starting block. Once you have the backstory down directly, move to the third and final step. 

3) Pivot to Indirect

Take that direct drop of backstory and apply one of the indirect methods. Say, demonstration. Maybe Mark has a tattoo, folds his old uniform, or stops a burglary. 

Try the strategy on. See how it fits. If so, perfect. If not? No worries – just try the other techniques. 

Go with the one you like best. 

How else have you handled backstory? Share your tips in the comments below. 

Wheelchair Clown and Other News

So I was browsing through old notes on my Evernote app last night when a strange title took me by surprise.

See if you can guess which one from this list of my note titles…

WordPress Themes
Blog Types
New Book Launch in Oct 2017
Wheelchair Clown
Book Covers

Need I go on? I didn't think so.

I stared at my screen. Wheelchair Clown? What the…

Then I clicked on the note to expand it because I just HAD to know.

As soon as I read it, I laughed and shook my head. It was an outline for a short story I had never got around to writing. Guess who the protagonist was?

Yep, the infamous clown in a wheelchair.

Goes to show you that you never know what's going to happen or how life might change moment to moment.

As I stood there laughing about the clown, I reflected on all the changes on the horizon for me.

  • New book for writers coming out later this year.
  • Switching newsletter providers
  • Ramping up a new level of book promotions
  • Writing Nonfiction
  • Moving my blog to a paid WordPress site by next year.

Change, however, can be an incredibly good thing.

That's certainly my hope.

Truth be told, I'm super excited about what's going on in my life and what it means for my life and writing career.

I can't wait to share the details with you. (This is a huge writing resource that I've never seen anywhere and that I promise you don't want to miss.)


What changes are on the horizon for you?

The 3 Most Important Times To Edit That Most Writers Forget


Dean Koontz edits each page of his bestselling books 20 times (at least) until they gleam wetly in perfection. 

Stephen King takes (at least) three passes over his manuscripts before publication. 

Why? 

Because readers will forgive almost anything except poor editing. 

Hear me straight: readers are rarely looking for perfection. However, even an occasional grammar goof is enough to distract and distance a reader from your story. 

“Only edit the pages you want published.”

– Christopher Kokoski 

Which is why it’s so surprising how many writers fail to edit for the three most critical reasons. 

The 3 Most Important Times To Edit That Most Writers Forget

1) Edit for Pure Pleasure 

Focus your first pass over your manuscript on fun, on what lights your fire, on enhancing anything and everything that brings a big, goofy writer grin to your face.

This is harder than it sounds. 

Why? Because it means filtering out all care for readers. This is about you. 

What makes you happy? 

What do you like or don’t like? 

What is fun?

How can you have MORE fun? 

If you could write your PERFECT book just for you, what would you add, change or take out? 

2) Edit to Add Value 

Ah, now back to your dear readers. Your second pass is all about them. What makes them smile? This pass is about enhancing value. 

If you are writing fiction: 

What genre tropes do readers LOVE?

What tropes do readers hate?

How can you amplify the genre’s main emotion? (Fear for horror, uncertainty for mystery, excitement for thrillers, etc)

How can you give readers more of what they expect? 

How can you give readers more than they expect? 

If you are writing Nonfiction: 

How can you be more specific? 

What’s another example? 

How can you do any of the steps for readers?

Can you add a chart, list, summary, worksheet, Cheatsheet, art, video demonstration, etc?

How can you be even more helpful? 

3) Edit to Silence Critics 

The third and perhaps final pass is about a subsection of your readers – aka, critics, those loathesome mythological creatures that haunt your literary nightmares.

Why care about critics? 

  • Everyone has them!
  • They write reviews 
  • They can make your book better

All three reasons matter but let’s focus on the last one. 

How does editing to silence critics make you and your book better? By thinking like a critic, you break out of the box of bias to get a subjective view of your work. 

Critics think differently. Critics find the gaps in your story or book. Critics focus on what’s missing. 

What is wrong with your book?

What is missing?

What can be challenged? 

What questions will critics have?

What will make critics angry?

RECAP 

Let’s recap. The three most critical “times” or reasons to edit are: 

  1. Edit for Pure Pleasure 
  2. Edit to Add Value 
  3. Edit to Silence Critics 

Need a helpful reminder of these steps? Feel free to save and/or share the image below:


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Have a (Book) Affair: Why Cheating On Your Story Makes You A Much Better Writer

Book monogamy is probably killing your narrative.

Story thrives in polyamorous romps with other stories, ideas, learnings and experiences. 

That is to say: the more you “cheat” on your story by flooding yourself with sensory-rich, dopamine releasing altered states of joy, the better your story. 

5 Reasons To Start A Book Affair Today 

  1. Re-engage emotionally 
  2. Spark creativity 
  3. Trigger new insights 
  4. Fresh Lens (perspective)
  5. Expand worldview 

So, yeah, go ahead – have a Book affair. 

How To Have A (Book) Affair

There are essentially three major steps to your book affair. Each step takes you deeper into the torrid affair: fantasize, realize and  synthesize. 

That’s another way of saying hook, look and book. 

Fantasize

In this first step, you take a step back from your Work-In-Progress (WIP). Close your eyes. Breathe. 

Allow your mind and heart to wander again, free from the structural constraints of your current story. 

Plot? What plot? 

Erase from your mind all inklings of character, motivation, conflict, story problems, etc. 

This is brainstorming for the soul. 

Fantasize about your perfect story. What elements are included? How would your favorite author write it? Your favorite director direct it? Favorite actor play it?

Just like a good brainstorming session, your ideas don’t need to make sense. In fact, it’s probably better if they don’t. 

Divergent ideas are not only welcome, they are essential. 

If you want Tom Cruise to play a teenage Chinese girl in a love triangle with Vin Desiel and a Werewolf – do you baby. 

This is FANTASY. 

Realize 

In this second stage, you discover your perfect book and, consequently, what you are missing in your WIP. 

How?

You take a good hard look at your (book) fantasies. 

Then, you ask yourself the following types of questions:

What are the common patterns?
Which elements are connected (or can you connect)?
How do I get as many of these elements as possible into a single story?
What common themes keep cropping up?
What are the common conflicts?
What patterns do I see in the settings?
What genre or genres do these elements fit into?

Once you answer these questions, and others like them, you’ll have a good sense of the elements that most resonate with you and stories you enjoy.

At this point, you will probably also be feeling very passionate and motivated to write about these elements.

But there’s one more stage left before you put pen to paper.

Synthesize

Once you have fantasized about the perfect story, once you have realized the commonalities and picked apart the patterns, you are ready for the third and final stage of your Book Affair.

Synthesize

To synthesize is to integrate the common patterns and fantasized elements into your current WIP.

This often takes a few rounds of experimentation, lateral thinking and good old fashioned literary elbow grease.

Don’t be surprised when adding a single element upends the entire narrative of your WIP. Don’t be surprised if your story becomes 10 times more original and therefore 10 times better.

In summary, your book affair involves three stages – fantasize, realize and synthesize. 

  • Fantasize: free flowing brainstorm of self-discovery focused on ideas that excite, inspire and light you up.
  • Realize: Recognizing patterns in your fantasized list of ideas 
  • Synthesize: Integrating the patterns into your WIP

5 Time Secrets of Bestselling Authors – Part V

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In this final post in our Time series, we are deconstructing how bestselling authors use the last of five special techniques to massively leverage story time.
Here they are again, as a reminder:

  1. Time Warp
  2. Time Stop
  3. Time Wrap
  4. Time Jump
  5. Time Check

If you missed the previous posts, read them here:

5 Time Secrets Of Bestselling Authors – Part I
5 Time Secrets Of Bestselling Authors – Part II
5 Time Secrets Of Bestselling Authors – Part III
5 Time Secrets Of Bestselling Authors – Part IV

Today, let’s look at the fifth and final time tactic, Time Check.

Time Check is reminding the readers of how much time is left before something terrible happens. This builds tension, keeping readers squarely on the edge of their seats.


4 Ways To Use Time Check

  •  A global, story-wide time check like the 24 TV Series which keeps minute by minute track of the time lapsed.
  • A section time check where some portion of the story (usually over several chapters) requires a deadline to up the ante of suspense.
  • A chapter Time Check.
  • A scene Time Check.

So, how do you apply this time tactic to your story? 

Consider these ideas…

  1. Define a Deadline: A Time Check only works within the existence of a scene, chapter, section or story deadline (also known as Time Clocks).
  2. Pose a Threat: Deadlines boost suspense because of the threat to characters or character goal if the deadline is missed.
  3. Choose A SBM: SBM stands for Snooze Button Method. A snooze button jars you back into focus, thererfore a SBM exists to “jar” or remind the reader of the deadline and threat.

Let’s put this 3-step Time Check Model into practice in an actual story. 

Secrets to Time Check: The Insider Examples of Bestseller Writing

The classic example is the bomb countdown. As the protagonist races to diffuse the bomb before it goes off, he or she periodically checks their watch. Ten minutes. 5 minutes. Next, their IT expert/computer hacker buddy (every action hero has one, right?) speaks through the ear piece, “60 seconds.”

Get it? You find a way to remind readers that time is running out. Bonus points for creativity.

Here’s another example: A killer threatens to murder 10 people, saving the detective’s child for last. Each murder serves as a countdown as the killer gets closer to the detective’s kid. Maybe the police have a daily powwow with photos of the victims tacked on a board or wall – first 1, then 2, then 3 and etc.

As you might imagine, there are almost an infinite ways to apply Time Checks to your story for enhanced suspense and reader engagement.

Use this time tactic in your stories. I think you’ll be delighted with the results.

The Fastest Way To Make All Your Descriptions Better


Story is description. 

Think about it. Whether you show or tell, or some weird marriage of the two, your only tool (besides dialogue) is description. 

Action, reaction, emotion, setting – all description. Even narrative summary is a form of description. 

So it  behooves the writer to cultivate the art of description. 

The Fastest Way To Make All Your Descriptions Better

While multiple techniques exist to enhance descriptions, the fastest route to better descriptions is…

Movement 

Yes, movement. Describe people, places and things in action. 

  • Birds squawk 
  • Flags furl 
  • Rain cascades 
  • Pain splinters 

Movement naturally engages readers, drawing them down the page, deeper into the story. Static description, on the other hand, is dull, uninspiring. 

Reanimate your story by describing things in motion. 

Year In Review: My 10 Best Posts of 2016


As we near the end of 2016, I thought it might be nice to review some of the best content from the last 12 months.

Life is busy, after all, and it’s easy to miss a good article, list or resource.

Without further ado, here are the top ten posts from 2016.

 

Write In A Blue Room: Unleashing Creativity Through Science 

The Most Important Rule of Writing No One Talks About 

Never Ever Put These 5 Scenes In Your Novel

Bestseller Book Title Checklist (Fiction) 

The Master List of 1400 + Words and Phrases To Avoid In Your Writing 

Exactly How Much Publishing a Book Will Cost You This Year

How To Show Not Tell Awkward Conversations: A Video Case Study

The Missing Ingredient In Your Fiction (And Why It’s The Best Kept Secret of Bestselling Authors)

5 Time Secrets Of Bestselling Authors 

Popular Writing Wisdom That Is Actually Terrible Advice

Happy New Year! I hope 2017 is full of writing success and literary dreams come true.

 

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7 Best Author Bios on Twitter 

Twitter bio writing is an art. That’s why I’m always amazed at the creativity packed into such limited space. 
You have 160 characters to explain yourself to the world. Forget elevator pitches. The Twitter pitch is self-marketing for the digital age.

If you’re well-known, you can get away with a simple Twitter bio like Stephen King.

Most of us aren’t in that category so I have listed some of my favorites below  in no particular order. What are yours? 


These bios are fun to read but they also offer up interesting patterns to emulate.

Notice that most of these bios include two types of information: professional and personal. 

There is a mix of writer  or book–related info and fun facts.

I write thriller novels. And I bake cupcakes for veterans.

Romance novelist AND back yard ninja. 

More Ways To Master The Twitter Bio

7 Twitter Bio Ideas That Entice Followers 

Or try this automatic Twitter bio Generator

Even more Twitter Bio ideas from Pinterest 


What To Do Next

  1. Post your twitter bio in the comments. 
  2. Tweet this blog post. 
  3. Check out my new book (see link below). 

How To Plot A Blockbuster Thriller

Since I recently watched THE MECHANIC: RESURRECTION, and loved it, I thought I would break down the plot.

Ok, I’m a bit obsessed with thrillers, structure and plotting so this may be a “plot-relapse” of sorts. Enjoy!

THE MECHANIC: RESURRECTION is a thriller with a brilliant structure. (I mentioned as much to my wife. Her response: “Yeah. I saw that, too.”)

Ah, marriage and sarcasm. Have there ever been more familiar bedfellows?

Back to plotting a blockbuster thriller. How do you do it? Following the example of the film is a good start.

Here’s one of the trailers for the movie:

The Trailer

My review: Although it has its share of flaws, I really liked the movie. In fact, I liked it more than the first movie, which to me is a major accomplishment and the main goal of a sequel.  

Disclaimer: plot spoilers ahead 


THE INTRO

In the first five minutes of the movie, you get gorgeous panoramic visuals of Brazil. That says the main character, Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham), is international. He’s living it up in retirement with sun and surf.

As a related sidenote, contrast this locale with the bleak hole where we found Jason Bourne in his latest movie of the same name.

In Mechanic, Bishop lives on a boat and bikes to a cafe. More amazing sights. Someone (i.e. a representative of the Antagonist – Crain) tracks him down, offers him a job via threats and attempted blackmail (never a good idea), Bishop fends them off in a cool action scene that shows his fighting chops.

Bishop is a wanted man. He is a skilled fighter. This is all cleverly summed up with minimal dialogue and maximum visual action.

This is also all in the first few minutes of the film.

Lessons

  • When writing a thriller, get to action as soon as possible.
  • Introduce the main characters early – especially the protagonist and antagonist
  • Make the protagonist a wanted man (Jason Bourne, Jack Reacher, Mission Impossible).

Next, Bishop flees to an island getaway. Also breathtaking. He’s hiding out but the island also isolates and traps him. Setting matters!

Before he knows it, he is peer pressured into interrupting domestic abuse. This is another short scene of violence and action that does double — make that triple — duty.

This scene accomplishes many things at once: 

  • Bishop makes a choice to get involved in saving a stranger – integrity, selfless, caring.
  • Bishop is a bad a$$ – in case the audience forgot.
  • Action scene – this is a THRILLER after all. Plot and pacing matters. Don’t go too long without some action. 
  • Introduce another important character, Gina, the love interest.

We can learn much here. Make your scenes do double or triple duty. Don’t forget pacing — keep a steady beat of “action” scenes. In thrillers, that’s usually physical conflict. In a romance, its usually emotional conflict. Each genre has their own kind of “genre beat”, those expected conflicts and emotions.

The next few scenes show Bishop and Gina falling for each other. This is character and motivation building since the rest of the movie depends on him caring for her.

Otherwise, Bishop could just walk away. Your main characters must never be able to walk away.

Once the bad guys show up, there is another action scene. Remember, you must keep the action scenes going. This one has more stakes because it’s no longer just about Bishop surviving. Now it’s also about the girl he loves.

Always look for ways to up the stakes in your story, mining both external and internal motivations. 

Gina, of course, is promptly kidnapped. Thus the motivation for the story. The Antagonist – Crain – lays out his ultimatum, which doubles as his goal – eliminate three competitors.

At the crux of most great stories is a simple premise. In this case, it’s “kill three well-guarded people and the woman you love lives”.

Simple to say, much more difficult to actually do.

Let me point out here how the story uses the common structural device of threes. Three little pigs. Three bears. Three stooges. Three murders.

Whenever possible, use the power of three.

The Mechanic milks the structure of three by making each target harder to kill. Thus, escalating suspense, challenge, conflict and action.

Another structural secret of the movie is the over-arching time clock: Bishop has 48 hours to kill all three targets. That’s not a lot of time and that’s the point. Time clocks boost suspense, deadlines deepen reader engagement. 

Many blockbuster thrillers include such a story-wide time clock. Most kick this technique up a notch in Act 3 – or near the climax of the story – by shortening the time frame. In the example of The Mechanic: Resurrection, Bishop’s time frame for the kills is cut down from 48 hours to 24 hours. Less time equals more thrills. 

The Kills

The movie heats up for Act 2, as it should. Act 2 is the conflict act, where you deliver the promise of the premise, the act that Save The Cat (great book) calls playtime.

In The Mechanic, Act 2 is all about the three Kills.

Kill #1 Warlord Krill (cool name) imprisoned in a Malaysian prison. Bishop gets arrested, steals a knife off another prisoner, gains Krill’s trust and assassinates him.

These are (mostly) all interesting scenes that show Bishop’s cleverness.

Kill #2 Adrian Cook, who masterminds an underage trafficking ring in Sydney. Bishop studies him, then scales a building to Cook’s penthouse apartment to take out the bottom of Cook’s overhanging pool.

As the glass bottom of the pool explodes, the water gushes out along with a very surprised (and soon to be dead) Adrian Cook.

Kill #3 Max Adams, arms dealer. Adams is holed up in a military base complete with submarines and panic room style bunker.

Lessons

  • Each kill is dramatic, large enough to fill the screen.
  • Each kill requires action AND cleverness.
  • Between kills, the story reminds us of what’s at stake by showing Gina with the Crain (antagonist).

Make sure your thriller keeps delivering bigger thrills. Bake in reminders of the stakes and motivation so readers don’t forget.

Design story complications that require more than mindless action. Cleverness is a common trait of thriller heroes — Bond, Bourne, Bishop (sidenote: you might want to give your protagonist a last name that starts with B. I’m just saying).

Two More Structural Secrets

First, between kill #2 and kill #3, Bishop makes a run at Crain. This keeps the story from being predictable and gives the audience another chance to see the antagonist.

In a thriller, the antagonist often plays certain roles:

  • Act 1: Antagonist shows up
  • Act 2: Antagonist and Protagonist confront each other, Antagonist wins.
  • Act 3: Protagonist comes after Antagonist in a big “battle” scene. Usually, the protagonist wins.

Second, in a plot twist (keep viewers and readers on their feet!) Bishop teams up with Adams to take down Crain.

One of the “rules” of storytelling is to never be predictable. Establish a pattern – the first two kills – then break the pattern.

The hoax works. The movie ends gloriously with a big fight scene where Bishops kills all the bad guys, saves Gina and blows up a big boat.

Explosions are almost necessary in thrillers. That way, the audience (readers) know the bad guy is really dead.

In the end, like most good thrillers, Bishop gets the girl.

 

Conclusion

The Mechanic: Ressurection is not perfect; it suffers from many common story issues. The motivation – the relationship – between Bishop and Gina is underdeveloped. Does it work? Yeah. Could it be better? Indeed.

Some of the action sequences are over the  top. Doesn’t bother me, but I guess some realism purists can’t stand a bit of literary license.

Thrillers, good ones, exist within a defined structure infused with depth of emotion, theme, characterization, escalating conflict and globe-trotting action.

More on Writing Blockbuster Thrillers

5 Keys To Writing A Great Thriller

5 Rules for Writing Thrillers (from the author of Rambo)

10 Basic Ingredients of A Successful Thriller 

How To Write A Page Turner

How To Write A Thriller (3 Bestselling Authors Weigh In)

The 5 C’s of Writing A Great Thriller Novel

The Rules of Writing Thrillers: The Article That Inspired John Grisham 

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