- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (June 20, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1138838853
- ISBN-13: 978-1138838857
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success 1st 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
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
Top customer reviews
The message is simple; however you do it, your writing will meander without the true story that guides it.
Easy to read because it is so intuitive, practical and direct, J Lyons deconstructs the mystery of why some stories sag in the middle and lack satisfaction in the end. It is not a writing book; it is a how to tell the story book--what needs to be figured out before you get lost in the weeds. Is it everything you will ever need? No. Is it the first thing you need? Yes. I have a score of 'writing' books that miss the simple truths you will find here. Read Anatomy of a Premise line, then go dust off those writing books if you still need them. My guess is you won't, because this is what you have been missing all along.
If you were to ask a true master carpenter what is the "secret" of building a beautiful wooden structure, like a Japanese Temple, he would say, "Plumb, Level and Square...the right tools, and, when the tricks-of-the-trade become second nature to you, your building becomes a work of art."
Jeff's "Anatomy of a Premise Line" provides the concept, the tools and the insight/tricks to construct a true story...a story worth both constructing and experiencing.
Thank you, Jeff.