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Are there any theories as to what makes a story's premise good or compelling?

Before we can answer what makes a good premise, we need to understand what a premise is. What is a premise? The premise describes, briefly, the state of affairs before the inciting incident (the ...
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Are there any theories as to what makes a story's premise good or compelling?

Sure, there must be a lot of theories. But I just got to wonder why that theater guy, or anyone else for that matter, thinks a premise is so important? Sure, I guess for academic papers, parables, ...
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Are there any theories as to what makes a story's premise good or compelling?

Premise supports the Theme A good premise enables you to explore your theme from a fresh angle. Example One of the major Themes of the Lord of the Rings is: Common people can have uncommon impacts in ...
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Are there any theories as to what makes a story's premise good or compelling?

A strong premise is not a concrete thing. It's subjective. People that like sci-fi can read a premise that makes them very interested in knowing more about the story while the same premise would bore ...
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Are there any theories as to what makes a story's premise good or compelling?

I don't know Truby, and I disagree about the theme. I have read a hundred books that (to me) have no detectable theme, but an exciting premise. For a compelling premise, I prefer a simpler approach. ...
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'This time' vs 'that time' in past tense narrative

How you said it should be okay, as I use it in my own writing and have seen this in many professional works.
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