A premise is what forms the basis or starting point of a plot. It is the central idea. The premise should inspire the writer to create a story and for the reader to want to read it. But it is more than that. Look at it as the writer opening the door to imagination and answering the question, what if…

A premise has three points: a protagonist (character), their action, and the result. In other words, the premise is the act by a person that causes change in themselves through a battle of an opponent or nature and a conclusion. The purpose of a premise for the writer is to emblazon the idea of the story so as not to stray and lose the unity of the tale. A clear story premise sets out the core drama of your story and the need that drives your character. What happened to whom starts the story and what will the character do about it?

Readers develop a deeper understanding of human nature when they hear or see what has happened to someone else. Premises are assertions that when joined together leads the reader to the conclusion. The most important part of your premise is that the reader will accept it and read on.

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