Have you ever wondered why the premise can catch the audience? The premise is that little summary that catches you, and all the movies come with it, but not every single logline works, and today I’ll tell you more about it.
In today’s topic you will learn to:
- Tell your story in less than 10 seconds.
- Have a clear idea of what you want to tell.
- Write an effective formula to do so.
When you are writing a story, you have to have the concept ready to define it immediately, and this is known as: “The idea in the elevator.” Imagine that you are in the elevator with a film producer (very unlikely).
Or how about a publisher from an important publishing house in a Comic Con and you only have less than ten seconds to sell your story. A simple conversation that it will last a couple of floors and if you don’t do it right, you will let go a chance. Or how about a potential reader overwhelmed at a comic convention that asks what your comic book is about, but that he/she will regret having asked it with your explanations of more than ten minutes. Please, respect the time of others and not miss the opportunity to explain what your story is about in a compelling and clear way. In today’s topic, I will explain how to do it.
Since you have put your concept to work with the material of the previous topic: “Discover ideas for your story in 3 steps,” you must already have enough material to start writing a couple of lines that define the concept of your story.
Remember I talked about the three steps to get the concept out of your story?
- Ask yourself questions.
- Describe what matters to your character. (The main action)
- Put obstacles and conflicts.
If you managed to get something, then the next step is to structure the story with this formula:
When [an event happens] [your character + performs the main action] only to fight / discover / confront / [the main conflict].
Try to structure yours, but first I’ll share the one I wrote for my story, LIVE FOREVER:
“After losing her mother to cancer, [an event happened] Sarah is determined to find a substance that grants eternal life, [the character + performs the main action] but it only causes a catastrophe worse than any disease, [the main conflict]“
If humans were suddenly immortal wouldn’t be a great tragedy? It was not for her at the time, and she was not aware of the consequences, and now she will have to stop this situation. How did she get the formula? How will she stop this? Those are the questions that dominate in this small premise.
Now I share the logline of Tinkers of the Wasteland:
“In a post-apocalyptic world, [an event happened] three young adventurers and somewhat crazy, find that the chickens they’ve been hunted as food [characters + performs the main action] will be part of a dire threat that could destroy what it remains of humanity, [the main conflict].”
If you are interested in reading Tinkers of the Wasteland, you can get it here.
A premise like this may have its variables; it does not have to be written exactly like this. This formula is just to help you start with something or better yet, polish what you have already created.
The important thing here is the structure of this little synthesis. Take into account that you have to talk about an important event that happened in the story, the character and its main action and the conflicts that await the character without revealing the outcome to the audience to arouse their interest in reading it.
And why do I write this story? It is one of the most important things that you have to answer before writing something because this motivation will help you finish your project. Listen to what I have to say in the following article that I will respond to a video where I will share some tips.
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