THE WRITE CONCEPT - Every great story begins the same way. What if? The term high concept is often used incorrectly. It’s not a simplistic concept, explained in a minimum of words. Continue to read a bit more about the elements of high concept fiction. A great hook – A character trait or inciting incident grabs the reader’s attention and carries them through to the end of the novel. Entertainment value – Think of a blockbuster film or your favorite novel, in your preferred genre. Does your concept measure up? Original ideas – The same way clichés are to be avoided, so are recycled concepts. Do you really think you can do it better? Mass appeal – Returning to your favorite blockbuster, does this concept have wide appeal? Think multiple demographics and marketability. Visual appeal – There is an obvious connection between crafting a novel and screenplay writing. Sure, most of your story will be about the character’s transformational arc. But how can you enhance this visually? How to punch up tension with exciting backgrounds and locales? Emotional resonance – If all of the above elements are portrayed correctly, you will naturally end up with an intense novel with a sense of immediacy. High concept – Here’s how all of this comes together. High concept has a unique, fresh idea, with enough tension to maintain interest and an eye toward the cinematic/ dramatic. Not sure if high concept is right for you? Try to develop several one page length synopses. I refer to these as treatments, one of which is sure to stick in your head. That’s the treatment you should be developing into a short story or novel! What are you waiting for? Get to writing!
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