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Anatomy of a Premise Line by Jeff Lyons

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The Three Stages of Development

“Development” is a creative process and a business process, and is the royal road to Purgatory, Heaven, and Hell.

“Development” is a term every screenwriter comes to know at some point in their writing career. For new screenwriters, they learn about the term from being exposed to screenwriting books, writing workshops, celebrity screenwriter blogs, or through second-hand and third-hand horror stories of other screenwriters who have been through “development hell.” More experienced screenwriters have the advantage of experiencing firsthand the process of development, working directly with the various movers ...

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