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I attended a virtual class by a guy called Jeff Lyons - a 'development editor' via Reedsy.com

 

It took people through his approach to writing log lines and premises using examples. It was quite enlightening. 

 

To him the structure of a log line is:

World - what is the setting of the story.

Who is the protagonist?

What is the goal/challenge or opponent?

What is the choice or decision/action that has to be made?

 

He also said something I thought was interesting:

May writers are good a writing but poor at story'

 

Has anyone else come across the guy?

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Shamrock said:

May writers are good a writing but poor at story'

Putting words in strong sentences is much easier than developing the characters and the story.

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On 7/1/2020 at 3:52 PM, Shamrock said:

 

May writers are good at writing but poor at story.

 

 

 

A failing I am guilty of. Style over substance: poetic descriptions of verdant vistas when a character is on a thirty-second sneak up the back way, witty repartee in the delivery of a red herring clue. I have 500 words of my MC walking up to a reception desk and a half-page chat with a snarky receptionist who never appears again, and all he/she has to say is that the MC was late for the appointment. 

 

But there is mistranslated Esperanto, a joke about over-reliance on technology ( the lateness being the punchline.)  I guess I'll just shoot for a higher word count and cut the scene later if I must.

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I haven't heard of Jeff Lyons, but I can recommend the podcasts on The Christian Publishing Show. They're all about the craft of writing and feature A-list guests.

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