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If a story is going to fail, it will do so first at the premise level. Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success from Focal Press identifies a seven-step development process that can be repeated and applied to any story idea. This process will save you time, money, and potentially months of wasted writing. So whether you are trying to write a feature screenplay, develop a television pilot, or just trying to figure out your next story move as a writer, this book gives you the tools you need to know which ideas are worth pursuing. In addition to the 7-step premise development tool, Anatomy of a Premise Line also presents a premise and idea testing methodology that can be used to test any developed premise line. Multiple exercises and worksheets are included to facilitate knowledge transfer, so that by the end of the book, you will have a fully developed premise line, log line, tagline, and a completed premise-testing checklist.
Jeff Lyons is a freelance writer, story editor, and script doctor, who has worked in the film, television, and publishing industries for more than two decades. He is an instructor at Stanford University's Online Writer's Studio, and is a regular guest lecturer with the UCLA Extension Writers Program. Lyons' writing about the craft of storytelling can be found in leading industry trade magazines like The Writer's Digest, Script Magazine, and The Writer Magazine.
Your First Book in Story Development?
What is Story Development?
The 7-Step Premise Development Process:
Step 1: Determine if you Have a Story
Step 2: Map the Invisible Structure of Your Story Idea
Step 3: Write the First Pass of Your Premise Line
Step 4: Determine if Your Premise is Soft or High Concept
Step 5: Develop the Log Line
Step 6: Finalize the Premise Line
Step 7: Test the Premise and Log Lines
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Worksheets and Exercises
Table of Contents
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