Almost every writer will agree that the most important part of the beginning process of writing a story is to produce a clear and focussed premise.
For a huge number of us, this is a tough task. Because a premise is actually a promise — to your future readers, and primarily to yourself. If the premise is clear and contains the basics, it will help to keep you firmly on track in your story.
A premise is written in the present tense, introduces the main character (not by name) indicated the major dramatic issue, how the issue moves toward resolution, and how that resolution is fulfilled. The premise should be very brief — two to three sentences at most — be able to be easily understood by a teenager, be provocative, create immediate interest, and although similar to other stories, have a definite difference in order to interest potential readers.
Try writing premises for books you have already read, and ask friends or other writers to identify the stories from what you’ve written. This will prove a most useful experience for you.
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