All posts tagged “premise

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What We Do When The Sky Falls

Consider these four films that all start from the same basic place: When Worlds Collide, Armageddon, Melancholia, and Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World All of these movies have a big thing in common: Something large is headed toward Earth and will… Read More

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A matter of perspective

This is a corollary to the previous post on the dangers of the writing what you know mentality. If you do choose to write a story based on something from your own personal experience, the closer you are to that moment, the less sense of… Read More

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Unique and Relatable

A strong premise has elements that are both unique and relatable. One way of looking at the unique/relatable balance is the relationship between the protagonist and the world of the story. For example, consider stories with a relatable protagonist, but a unique world: Jurassic Park,… Read More