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