Yesterday was a day without heavy distractions, which is a little odd for a Friday. I decided that I should take out pen and paper and write. My first thought was to simply list the projects I was working on and define a premise for them. This was simple enough.
As stated before, the premise is a fleshed out idea that is one or two clear, concise sentences. There’s another step in this that I wanted to see which was a few simple questions I’ll post below. The questions would also help me stay on point, see where my thoughts were at that moment on the concept.
One thing pointed out to me is that if your premise sounds confusing, or if your audience doesn’t understand it, then t needs more work. As per my own word, writing is rewriting.
The questions for me were:
- Who is the MC (main character)?
- The MC does what and when?
- Where does this event/journey take place?
- Why is the MC on this journey?
- How does the MC go about this journey?
Writing this down felt complicated, but some of the things were easy to jot down. For example, I knew some of the characters have names, or I used an X as their name. I knew their situation.
Wrote it all down. I pushed for the five premises on paper, then looked at my story list, and pushed to sixteen premises put down on paper. I’m very happy I did that, but the work can’t stop here.
Now part two of this will be to type all of this out because this is where rewriting will get done as needed. Once I get a stronger feeling that the material is clear and concise, I will be doing more research. This will lead to even more revisions, but I’m down for that kind of challenge. I feel good when I push myself further because I want to get it all written.
As always, happy creative endeavors.