Where Story Begins – Premise, by Michael Tabb

From:  http://www.scriptmag.com/features/script-notes-where-story-begins-premise THE CONCEPT OF PREMISE In the beginning, there was darkness. A void. Most writers spend an endless amount of time staring at a blank page, waiting for ideas to come to them. There’s this great line from the movie Real Genius, “You can’t dictate innovation.” Yet that’s how most writers work. They wait for an idea/concept to dawn on them, or they go looking for it like a set of… Read More

**EXPLICIT** 25 Things to Know About Writing the First Chapter of Your Novel, by Chuck Wendig

From:  http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2012/05/29/25-things-to-know-about-writing-the-first-chapter EVERY BOOK A HOOK (AND THE FIRST CHAPTER’S THE BAIT) A reader walks into a bookstore. Spies an interesting book. What does she do? Picks it up. Flips to the first chapter before anything else. At least, that’s what I do. (Then I smell the book and rub it on my bare stomach in a circular motion and make mmmmmm noises.) Or, if I can find the first chapter online… Read More

The Drama Triangle, by Betsy Dickinson

THE DRAMA TRIANGLE PRESENTED BY: BETSY DICKINSON The Drama Triangle is a social model developed by Stephen Karman, MD. It defines the roles of persecutor, victim and rescuer in drama-intense relationship transactions. It models the connection between personal responsibility and power in conflicts and the destructive and shifting roles people play. The Persecutor and Rescuer is the “one-up” position. The Victim is the “one-down” position. Victim’s seek out persecutors and rescuers. Rescuers feel guilty… Read More