By: Kaye Dacus
It sounds like the stupidest thing to start with, but if you’re going to write a book, you need to know what you’re telling a story about. In other words, you need a premise.
I have a story idea, thanks.
. . . story premise is a bit more complex than a story
idea. Conversely, premise is not nearly as complex as plot.
Obviously, you’re going to start with an idea. Whether that idea comes from a character or a what if…?
scenario running through your head, your mind starts
building a story around that idea. Now it’s time to take your story idea to the
next level and develop it into a premise.
According to Donald Maass in Writing the Breakout Novel:
The key ingredients that I look for in a fully formed breakout premise are (1) plausibility, (2) inherent conflict, (3) originality and (4) gut emotional appeal. (p. 40)
Let’s explore Maass’s elements a bit so that you can determine if you have an idea or if you have a premise that will sustain your manuscript through to the end.
How many times have you sat watching a movie or TV show or reading a book and all of a sudden snorted in derision and grumbled, “Yeah, right. Like that would ever happen!”
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