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Anatomy of a Premise Line by Jeff Lyons

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6

A Story vs. a Situation

Situations are parts of stories; they are not stories themselves.

What Is a Story?

In chapter two, I touched upon the phenomena of the terminology-language disconnect, and the fact that just because people use the same words doesn’t mean they are communicating. As you’ve seen, this is the case with the phrase “story premise.” It is also true with other words used broadly by screenwriters, novelists, playwrights, and just about anyone who writes creatively.

We now lay one more foundation stone to prepare for the “7-Step Premise Development Process.” This stone is made up of three pieces: story, character, and plot. ...

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