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Writers tend to not spend enough time on their ideas. All the months and years of great polishing can be wasted if the central concept lacks the elements that producers, agents and managers look for. Killer Ideas So, what are the elements of killer ideas? Well, every successful story has a problem at its heart, which someone is trying to solve.
But only some problems feel like they could sustain a movie, or series. What makes these sustainable ideas different? Believable — everything is understandable and feels real, even if there is some big conceptual leap the audience has to take at the beginning.
Life-Altering — the stakes are huge for all involved. Failure is not an option. Lives or something close to that seem to hang in the balance.
A tall order, I know! But these are the characteristics of projects that succeed. So many writers forget to entertain audiences with their ideas. But the main reason people want to consume our work is that they want to be entertained.
But what does entertaining mean?? Movies and TV and novels and theater are emotional experiences, first and foremost. The audience is not only emotionally invested in the story and characters, but they are stimulated to feel certain emotions in the watching of them. Adding some comedy to straight drama can help to elevate its commercial potential.
But they still give the audience that taste of being connected to someone on that deep level that seems to overtake you and make you feel seen, heard, known and accepted.
To make this lastingly compelling for an audience, usually something has to be in the way of the relationship. Concluding The best ideas tend to suggest some of these entertainment elements even in their loglines, which lay out the central problem of the story.
And they will pay well for the privilege. Erik has sold original series pitches to the broadcast networks, worked on the writing staff of primetime series, and written feature screenplays for Universal, HBO, TNT, and Playtone.Feed is the first book in the Newsflesh series of science fiction/horror novels written by Seanan McGuire under the pen name Mira Grant and published by Orbit Books in Set during the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse and written from the perspective of blog journalist Georgia Mason, Feed follows Georgia and her news team as they follow the .
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