The Organon

Lesson 42 Chapter 1 Module 5

Welcome to Week 4!

This week, we’re going to be diving deeper into the traditional and more common topics of storytelling and writing: Premise and Concept.

In the simplest terms, this is what your piece or work is about. At its core.

If you were going to elevator pitch it, in 30 words or less, what could someone expect to get from what you have written?

We’re going to be looking at a number of beginnings and pivotal moments to understand how people set the stage and share the most important takeaways.

It’s the places where writers almost do more telling than showing.

Today’s piece starts us out with a bit of a different mindset, the same way we learned about different ways to structure your writing last week from modern poetry and medieval bar tales.

It’s an excerpt from a massive translation of Aristotle complete works.

Aristotle is considered by many to be the father of logic-based philosophy and thought, whether that is everything should be logical or logic should be considered in everything (basically Stoicism vs. Peripateticism.)

His ideas and concepts fall in and out of favor, depending on the embrace of logic in the current zeitgeist; since Stoicism is so prevalent in a lot of business and hustle environments, it’s back in vogue.

But this particular excerpt is one I love, as it is looking at something logically, but it is actually about the study and biology of animals.

Basically, we’re learning about what causes an animal to move. What is the motivator? What is their inception point?

What is the premise that they base their thoughts and actions on.

See how crafty that is?

We can learn about the things that make us want to get a coat, and that same mindset is probably going to be similar to what needs to happen to make your reader want to do something.

No surprise, it all comes down to the premise.

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