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“One last reason you must have a good premise is that it’s the one decision on which every other decision you make during the writing process is based. Character, plot, theme, symbol— it all comes out of this story idea. If you fail at the premise, nothing else will help. If a building’s foundation is flawed, no amount of work on the floors above will make the building stable. You may be terrific at character, a master at plot, or a genius at dialogue. But if your premise is weak, there is nothing you can do to save the story.”

Truby, John (2008-10-14). The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller (Kindle Locations 313-317). Faber & Faber. Kindle Edition. Image