Worksheet #2 – Concept Pyramid
A concept pyramid takes a broad story idea (Nebraska farmer falsely accused of domestic terrorism) and narrows the inherent conflict into a plot (federal agents show up after a childhood friend tricks the farmer into buying what looks like bomb making materials at the feed store) and then a short description of the story in full (His life falls apart and he no longer knows who to trust when the government questions him, locals turn against him, and his friend mysteriously disappears ) into a one sentence description. (In the thriller Bad Sale, a Nebraska farmer is falsely accused of domestic terrorism after a childhood friend tricks him into buying bomb making materials.)
What is your broad story idea—person, place, problem?
Refine it to describe the primary plot and Story Question.
Narrow it down to a Summary Paragraph (100 words).
Write a one-sentence Log Line.*
*A Log Line = Title + genre + character + plot. Search this site for more on log lines.
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