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Anatomy of a Premise Line by Jeff Lyons

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The Invisible Structure

Every story has a structure. Every story must have a structure. If it doesn’t, then it’s not a story—it’s something else.

The Invisible Structure is the structure we can’t see. Okay, “invisible” kind of gave that away. But this is not just a play on words—it is literally true. And it is true because of the nature of the Invisible Structure; it is an intuition, a feeling, a tangible intangibility. As I mentioned in the previous chapter, the Invisible Structure feeds the creative process by revealing the embedded structure present in any story as we make choices along the story development path: when one story idea ...

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