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Anatomy of a Premise Line by Jeff Lyons

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The Moral Premise

The moral basis of a story will make or break any story—every story needs a strong moral component.

What Does “Moral” Mean?

You now have in place five of the six foundation stones you need to understand the “7-Step Premise Development Process”: story premise, Invisible Structure, Visible Structure, story-character-plot, and premise line. The moral component is the sixth piece, and in many ways this stone is so fundamental that it could stand alone. If you only accomplished having a solid moral basis for your premise idea, then you would be light years ahead of most other scriptwriters. You could throw away everything else ...

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