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Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success

Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success
Your Price: $41.95 CDN
Author: Jeff Lyons
Publisher: Focal Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 186
Pub. Date: 2015
ISBN-10: 1138838853
ISBN-13: 9781138838857
About the Book:

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 is the only book of its kind to identify 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. Customized 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, logline, tagline, and a completed premise-testing checklist.

Here is some of what you will learn inside:

- Ways to determine whether or not your story is a good fit for print or screen

- Case studies and hands-on worksheets to help you learn by participating in the process

- Tips on how to effectively work through writer's block

- A companion website with additional worksheets, videos, and interactive tools to help you learn the basics of perfecting a killer premise line 

What people say:

"Working with Jeff reminds me of a quote from Michelangelo, 'I saw an angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.' Jeff's tools have helped me develop solid premise and log lines, and to chisel my stories free from the stone. This book will help you do the same." - Michael Perri - Staff Writer, NBC's - State of Affairs

"After reading Jeff's terrific book I felt like rushing to my desk, new tools in hand, and fixing all my unsold screenplays. I highly recommend to anyone writing a screenplay or novel." - Nick Castle - Writer/Director, Escape From New York, Hook, August Rush, Last Star Fighter, The Boy Who Could Fly, Tap, Dennis the Menace

About the Author:

Jeff Lyons is a freelance writer, story editor, script and book doctor, and has worked in the film, television, and publishing industries for more than two decades helping literally thousands of screenwriters and novelists tell better stories. He is an instructor through Stanford University's Online Writer's Studio, and is a regular guest lecturer through the UCLA Extension Writers Program. Jeff's writings on the craft of storytelling can be found in leading industry trade magazines like The Writer's Digest, Script Magazine, and The Writer Magazine.