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Story Engineering by Larry Brooks

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4LAUNCHING THE STORYTELLING PROCESS

WHICH CORE COMPETENCY COMES FIRST?

It doesn’t matter. Like those essential organs in the human body, they all have to be present and functioning well before the story can breathe on its own. That said, by definition one of them always does come first in the process. The genesis of the story, the very first spark of thought that leads to another thought that ends up being a story, always emerges from one of the four elemental core competencies—concept, character, theme, or, less often, structure. It doesn’t matter which, because the other three elements must be added to the mix—and, just like the original idea, developed—before the story can work.

Just as many stories begin with a character idea as they do ...

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