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Anatomy of a Premise Line by Jeff Lyons

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What Is a Story Premise and Why Should You Care?

If a story is going to fail, it will first do so at the premise level, i.e., at the level of the idea itself.

The “7-Step Premise Development Process” is all about developing your story’s premise. This is what you are going to learn how to do, step by step in part two of this book. But, do you even know what a story premise is? Is it the same as a log line? Is a story premise all about your characters, or should it focus on plot? Or is story premise a pitch tool that you only use when you’re pitching your movie idea to a potential producer at the annual pitchfest?

Common Definitions of Story ...

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