Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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"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
"Before, I used to write myself into a corner, but thanks to Jeff Lyons' premise tools now I can see my story’s structure from the outside, to see what's working and what could be stronger. This book will help you draw a map through the story forest, rather than getting lost in the trees. I've used this material with my students with the same beneficial effect as with my own writing. I highly recommend this book."
Malena Watrous―Author, If You Follow Me―Head Instructor Stanford University Online Writers Studio
"There is no book like this in the marketplace. It will help writers, producers, and directors, and save everyone from wasted time writing drafts to find a story. I wish I had this book when I was in film school."
David Jeffery―Producer, Fox’s - Bones, PBS’s – American Family, Lesson Plan
"This is a book for which many of us have been waiting, and if you are at all like me, incorporating Jeff's ideas and guidance into your work can make all the difference."
Barnet Bain―Producer, What Dreams May Come― Writer/Producer, The Celestine Prophecy
"Story structure changed my writing life, and the magician who taught it to me was Jeff Lyons. Every writer on the planet needs coffee, chocolate, and this book!"
Caroline Leavitt―New York Times bestselling author, Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- Publication date : June 5, 2015
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- Print length : 194 pages
- Publisher : Routledge; 1st edition (June 5, 2015)
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- Language: : English
- Simultaneous device usage : Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
- ASIN : B00YY64S40
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- Best Sellers Rank: #117,694 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I won't lie, it's hard work.Some of the concepts are tough to grasp, not that they are complicated but it's not easy to change your approach. But once you do, you understand the building blocks of a story, and knowing these can build a foundation to lay the rest of your story on.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Layer by layer, it shows how to build a story
Where I failed before, one thing Jeff goes into is the difference between a story and a situation (both are equally good). A situation is a tale where the protagonist has no personal growth, and simply solves a problem and the tale is over. Poirot doesn't change, he solves the crime, and is the same as always. Gravity - Sandra Bullock gets back on Earth, and the movie ends. Both are situations.
A story is where the character has a moral dilemma to overcome. In Jaws, Roy Sheider is afraid of the water, but goes out on a boat to kill a monster shark. He overcomes his fear and saves the island.
The books I read taught me how to write a situation; problem is I had a story. Using Jeff's methods I was able to iron out the kinks. With my characters, and my setup, I had the wrong story. I changed the setting, I changed the outcome, and everything snapped in place. It's hard work, but jeeze it works.
I thought I was a pantser, the other systems never worked. I was wrong, this really works. .
Enter Jeff Lyons. I "found" him via Reedsy where he was offering a free podcast to writers of all stripes who needed help conveying what their books were REALLY about. Based on how impressed I was by the clear process he used, that is outlined in this book, I engaged Jeff to help me -- with stunning results.
Here's where Anatomy of a Premise Line becomes golden. If you already have a handle on your story, this process is a cinch to follow. If you don't, it will really highlight problems (like, maybe you really don't have much of a plot?) you might otherwise not see until you've written tens of thousands of words that need to be scrapped (or self-published, with only your Mum and Auntie willing to read them).
If you were trying to paint a masterpiece and had barely picked up a paintbrush before, you might want to start with a "paint-by-numbers" set (or maybe I'm revealing my age here and they don't make those anymore!). Similarly, we long-form writers often have trouble taking on the role of advertising executive or marketing expert and boiling down the core of our work into a paragraph or less. Jeff's step-by-step process, illustrated with lots of examples, is a similarly essential guide to producing a premise line, tag line and all the other "lines" that studio execs, literary agents, and publishers want to have grab them before they commit to taking your work.
And, once you have this nailed, novelists (like me) you'll have the back cover blurb done and dusted!!
A highly recommended read.
Jeff Lyons has filled in the gaps and armed me with common sense.
Top reviews from other countries
The only downside to the book is that it is very expensive in the UK ( much more expensive that other books of its kind).
It can be applied to every form of art beginning with writing.
Something to be integrated for life. Very powerful!
As an online Stanford student I have the privilege to study under his brilliance and generosity.