Book I: The Premise
• A premise is detailed as being what a writer sets out to prove with his story, and the author explains and exemplifies why it is of the utmost importance for one to be established.
• The premise suggests character, conflict, and a conclusion, and will be a story's foundation.
• The author looks at some noteworthy plays to find their premises, and demonstrates that often enough, one can be found in a story.
• However, he questions whether the authors themselves knew about it, which would explain why in some stories certain events stray from their premises.
• If one becomes inspired to write a play based on something unusual, or even extraordinary that has happened to them it still is not enough ground to write on.
• The author states, "No idea, and no situation, was ever strong enough to carry you through to its logical conclusion without...
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