ABOUT THE BOOK
If a story is going to fail, it will first do so at the premise level. Knowing how to create, design,and validate a story premise idea are essential skills every writer needs in their toolbox. The premise line is the only reliable tool that can tell writer, before they start writing pages, whether or not their story will “work.” It is their canary in the coal mine, and when fully mastered can save any writer time, money and months of potentially wasted writing. In this book readers will learn how to master the process of premise line development—the essential first step in any book, screenplay, or creative nonfiction work's development process. The focus of this book is to get a writer into a place with their story's development, such that they are positioned for success BEFORE they start writing pages. If they already have a lot of writing done, that's okay. The point is to give then a set of tools for their writing toolbox that they can use on any story, be it fiction or creative nonfiction. You've heard the old saying, "Give a man a fish and he eats for a night. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime." That's what this book is going to do; teach writers how to fish, so that as they move through their writing careers they will be less likely to get lost in the story woods, or paint themselves into narrative corners. Anatomy of a Premise Line is designed to streamline any writer's development process; saving them hours, weeks, and even months of wasted writing time; and arming them with craft tools that will serve them for many years to come, as they move toward their writing dreams.
What the Reader Will Discover:
- How can you save time, money, and wasted writing? — This book will show you how to do all three and do it reliably over and over for every story you write.
- How Can you tell if a story will work? — Lots of writers think they are telling a story, but they are not. This book gives you a guaranteed method for figuring out early if your story is a real story, and whether it will have legs.
- Is a story high concept? — Learn what high concept really means and how to quickly assess to what degree your story is or is not high concept, and then what to do next.
- What is a story premise and why should you care? — This is one of the most confusing ideas in creative writing and one that all writer need to understand, because a premise is so much more than just a pitch tool — it's your lifeline!
- What is a log line? — Another confusing term that is essential for every writer to master, because almost everyone thinks premise lines are log lines — they are not! Learn the difference and why the difference matters to your writing.
- Can you test any story idea and and know if it will work, before you start writing? — The answer is "yes," if you know the 7-Step Premise Testing Process. This book will teach that to you.
- What if you get blocked? — Writer's block is 99.9 percent smoke and mirrors and .1 percent substance. You can only do something about the .1 percent part. This book teaches you the only time a writer can be truly blocked, and a guaranteed process for busting that block once and for all—along with the myth of writer's block.
- And Much More ...
SUGGESTED INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
Why did you write this book? Aren't there enough books out there on "how to write"?
What problem does your book try to solve?
Is this book for screenwriters? Novelists? Nonfiction writers?
Is this a beginner's book, or can experienced writers benefit as well?
What differentiates this book from all the other how-to-write books in the market?
What do you mean when you say, "Storytelling and writing are two different things." How are they different?
What do you mean when you talk about story structure? Why is this important?
What is a story, anyway? And how do you know if you have one?
What is a moral premise? Does a story need one to be a story?
How do you view writer's block and what do you recommend for busting it?