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Thematic Devices: Show Us What You’ve Got!

This week we looked at metaphorical devices: symbols, motifs and allegory.  Let’s see if we can develop some symbolism for the one-liners we’ve got going: Continue reading

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Clones: Let’s See What You’ve Got!

Clones, or mirror characters, reflection characters, variation-on-theme characters, are characters who highlight, through comparison and contrast, aspects–especially thematic aspects and stakes–of the main character.  Let’s see if we can develop some clones for a couple of the one-liners we’ve got going: Continue reading

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Premise: Let’s see what you’ve got!

So, last week we sussed out possible themes of our working one-liners and concepts.  Let’s see if we can expand those themes into rough, working premisesContinue reading

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Theme: Show us what you’ve got!

So, let’s see if we can suss out the themes of our working one-liners and concepts. Continue reading

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Stakes: Show us what you’ve got!

When doing concept a couple weeks ago, I popped off a few examples to show each master’s way of writing concept.  When illustrating Mr. Iglesias’ approach, I wrote this: Continue reading

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Designing Principle: Show us what you’ve got!

Designing Principles can come instantly, along with the initial idea. But often they are hard-won. If they come at all.

I considered trying to come up with a designing principle for one of the two premises we developed last week, but… I’ve got nothing.  The only made-up designing principle I can offer you is this… Continue reading

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Writing–and Improving–The One-Line Synopsis

Today we’re expanding a couple of last week’s concepts into synopses and then trying to improve them. Continue reading

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High Concept: Let’s See What You’ve Got

When I was working on these posts, I had a dream.  (I know!  I’m now in the inspired-by-a-dream club.  *Here’s waving at you Ms. Meyer!* Now if only my dream will likewise elicit a license to print money….) In my dream, I was a kid in the back seat of the family SUV, driving north on I-5 somewhere in Washington state.  I looked to my left and there!  I saw it! Continue reading

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