INSIDE THE ART, CRAFT AND BUSINESS OF WRITING for Film, TV, Books, Stage, Print or Digital Media (with Particular Attention to Comedy)

12 Stories That Almost Always Work

If you are looking for a story to tell, or have elements for your project, but are still searching for a genre, format, spine or central storyline, consider one of the following perennially-popular stories. Or consider modifying your existing idea to incorporate one of these, because they almost always work.

1.  Nazis

2.  Cancer

3.  Woman / Animal / Child in Jeopardy

4.  Boy / Girl and Their Dog / Horse / Whale

5.  Ragtag Band of Rebels / Artists / Underdogs

6.  Gotta Sing / Dance / Act / Play a Sport

7.  Romantic Comedy

8.  The Mighty Falling (esp. egotistical and misguided)

9.  Righteous Revenge

10.  Mad Killer(s)

11.  Troubled Teen(s)

12.  Black / ethnic hired help / foundling helps effete upper-class white(s) regain soul / humanity

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This material is excerpted from “How To Be A Writer Who Writes: Strategies and Tactics to Start and Finish Your Book or Script” by Greg Miller. Get the book for Kindle or any other e-book formats.

Contact Greg directly for one-on-one coaching that is “Revelatory and dead-on!“.

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This entry was posted on January 31, 2013 by in Creative Process, Story Structure, Writing Strategy and tagged , , , .
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