|Used with permission from Debbie Ridpath Ohi at Inkygirl.com.|
According to Alexis Nikki at Absolute Write, a high concept story
- is universal;- has a fresh twist;- involves an empathetic hero who is dealing with a BIG problem; and- can be summed up in a 25-word logline.
A blog post from the Waxman Agency defines high concept this way:It’s an idea that is immediately accessible and appealing to a large group of people, that taps into the hive-mind if you will, but with the added spark of feeling new (even if it’s as old as the hills).
Agent Paige Wheeler from CMA has a slightly different spin:I define high concept as a premise that can be boiled down into one sentence and sets it apart from other stories by its unique hook or angle.
People say all the time to write the story that only you can tell, the story that you just can't let go of. But will it ever get read if it isn't high concept?
So tell me, are you writing high concept? And if you're not, is it something you can learn to write? Is it something you want to learn?
Progress on WIP: 12,210 words