All stories move in this way.
“Once a character has a desire, the story ‘walks’ on two ‘legs’: acting and learning. A character pursuing a desire takes actions to get what he wants, and he learns new information about better ways to get it. Whenever he learns new information, he makes a decision, and changes his course of action.”
A good premise is crucial to your success
“What you choose to write about is far more important than any decision you make about how to write it.
Character, plot, theme, symbol—it all comes out of this story idea. If you fail at the premise, nothing else will help. Nine out of ten writers fail at the premise.”
“Premise è Star Wars: When a princess falls into mortal danger, a young man uses his skills as a fighter to save her and defeat the evil forces of a galactic empire.”
Developing you premise
“Step 1: Write something that may change your life
Step 2: Look for what’s possible
Step 3: Identify the story challenges and problems
Step 4: Find the designing principle (what organizes the story as a whole)
Step 5: Determine your best character in the idea
Step 6: Get a sense of the central conflict
Step 7: Get a sense of the single cause-and-effect pathway
Step 8: Determine your hero’s possible character change.
Step 9: Figure out the hero’s possible moral choice.
Step 10: Gauge the audience appeal.”
Thinking of the hero and other characters as connected individuals
“We’ll begin by focusing on all your characters together as a part of an interconnected web. Next we’ll individualize each character based on theme and opposition. Then we’ll concentrate on the hero, building him step-by-step. We’ll create the opponent in detail, and we’ll end by working through the character techniques for building conflict over the course of the story.”
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