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Anatomy of a Premise Line by Jeff Lyons

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10

Character Development—What They Don’t Teach You

One story; one main character. It’s all about the protagonist.

There Can Be Only One

The opening reminder for this chapter says it all: every story should have one protagonist. This may sound obvious to many, but you would be shocked at how many screenwriters believe that the more protagonists, the better. After all, more protagonists means more drama, more subplots, more scene material, etc. Wrong, wrong, and wrong. It is important to establish the primacy of a single protagonist because the hero/heroine of your story is the hub of a wheel from which spokes of supporting characters radiate. ...

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