Author Archives: Jeff Lyons

Jeff Lyons

About Jeff Lyons

Jeff Lyons is currently a story editor and story development consultant at Kensington Entertainment, Burbank, CA. He also teaches story structure and story development through Stanford University's Online Writers Studio, and guest lectures through the UCLA Extension Writers Program and the University of Toronto. His writing can be found in Script Magazine, Writer’s Digest Magazine, and The Writer Magazine. Jeff is the founder of Storygeeks, a professional services company offering story consulting, training and editorial services to screenwriters, novelists and nonfiction authors. More information can be found on his website, storygeeks.com. Follow @storygeeks on Twitter and “like” Storygeeks on Facebook. In 2015, he will be publishing a Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development for Story Success through Focal Press.

Story Talk: Should I Take a $1 Option On a Screenplay?

You get the phone call, and it goes something like this: Friend: Hey, are you sitting down? (smile in his voice) You: Yeah, what’s up? Friend: I have a producer who wants to option your script! You: (heart flutters) Oh my god … Friend: Yeah, he’s an indie producer I know—really...

Story Talk: Plot=Character=Story—The Magick Formula™

Recently, I was teaching a workshop on premise line development. In that class I defined the terms “character,” “plot,” and “story” (as I use them; a bit differently than many). The resulting chaos this caused among the writer-students was startling.  Okay, I have developed my own interpretation of these classical terms...

The Crime Writer’s Weekend: Get the 411 on 5-0!

It’s nearly impossible to flick through TV channels or look at the movie listings these days and not find show that involves law enforcement. Whether it’s CSI, Dexter, a gritty thriller feature or even Boardwalk Empire the authorities are involved at some level. And if there’s one thing that will make...

Story Talk: To Outline or Not to Outline—That Is the Question!

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! As you know, if you read this column with any regularity, I take a morbid pleasure in sharing with you cantankerous, mean-spirited, and humiliating conversations I have from time to time with fellow writers, publishers, film producers and other fellow travelers...

Story Talk: Writer’s Block—Really? Part II

In “Story Talk: Writer’s Block—Really? Part 1” I introduced the myth and the reality of writer’s block and talked about the popular mythology about this overinflated annoyance.  As it happens, writer’s block is 99.99 percent smoke and .1 percent fact.  The .1-percent part is the only part you can work with....

Story Talk: Writer’s Block—Really? Part I

Writer’s block—we’ve all been there.  We’ve all suffered.  And we’ve all been duped.  What would you say if I told you writer’s block is a fiction?  What would you say if I said that writer’s block was a complete fabrication foisted upon writers for decades?  Would you feel duped?  Would you...

Story Talk: Pity the Poor Script Consultant

Ala Rodney Dangerfield, “I don’t get no respect.”  Actually, I do, I get lots of it, but at the moment of this writing I have been eviscerated and disemboweled by a fellow writer who hates story consultants and story gurus.  I enjoy sharing my little humiliating conversations with you, so here’s...