Your Fourth Writing Prompt

Lesson 54 Chapter 7 Module 5


Did you realize today marks your halfway point in the course?

That means, if you’ve been logging in regularly and writing and reading and creating, you are building one heck of a habit that will likely carry on well after the course is complete (more on that below!)

Along the way, you’re learning new techniques and styles and general theory about writing and creating. Every time you slow down to do the copywork lesson or read-thru the daily instructions or click through to an interesting article, your brain is collecting all these little pieces that will eventually add up.

Ever seen the movie The Karate Kid? That was another inspiration for this course (as I told you yesterday, inspiration can sometimes come from the weirdest places.)

Daniel is a kid who just wants to be a cool karate kid. So he starts training with Mister Miyagi. But Miyagi is a tricky bugger, who instead has Daniel do a ton of chores around his house. Sanding his floor, painting his fence and house, waxing his car...stupid stuff that isn’t learning about karate at all.

It’s all a ploy for free labor!

Or is it?

When Daniel finally loses his cool, coming to Miyagi irate that he has mastered nothing, he learns how much he was actually learning when he didn’t realize he was training:

What’s the concept of The Karate Kid?

Well, the title alone suggests, it probably about a kid who either is already a karate savant, or someone who wants to be (the first ten minutes of the film confirm which it is.)

What’s the premise of The Karate Kid?

Daniel is a new kid in school, who manages to incite the wrath of a pack of school bullies by liking a girl who happens to be the ex of one of them. He’s routinely getting beat on, it isn’t fun. Mister Miyagi witnesses this one night, and takes out the bullies all on his own. This is pretty impressive for an old withering Japanese dude. So Daniel begs the sensei to teach him karate. He learns from Miyagi, but it is not easy, and not the violent attacking karate the boy hoped for. The climax of the film is when he is able to put his karate skills to the test in a tournament against other dojos, of course including the penultimate battle between himself and the bully we met at the beginning of the movie.

I bet if you stop to look at any article, essay, book, or movie, you’ll find it easier and easier to break down the premise and the concept in them. Makes for great dinner party small talk.

Also makes it easier for you to begin doing the same, so you can take the ideas that are swirling around in your head and start putting them on the page.

Even if it starts with a simple sentence of your concept or a few bullet points of a premise.

Wax on, wax off my friend.


Stop to think about 12 different core concepts to your projects, writing, business, or brand.

What are you built on? What do you primarily provide people? What function do you serve?

Now, try to flesh those out a bit, by going a bit deeper, to try to write some premises.

Imagine you were telling a friend about each one—how would you tell them? What points are important? What would you want them to walk away from your conversation with?

If you are feeling super ambitious, try writing out even more on the concept that feels strongest to you. Something post length, 750 words or so. 

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