Lesson 1

Lesson 1

Your novel begins right here.

Concept and Premise

You must understand these two concepts. If you do your novel will be much easier to write.

CONCEPT

IS BUILT AROUND A UNIQUE

WHAT- IF-QUESTION

THAT CAN BE PITCHED IN

ONE TO THREE

SENTENCES

 

 

CONCEPT:   

WHAT IF A MAN CAME DOWN FROM THE HEAVENS AND PROMISED ETERNAL LIFE?

 

PREMISE

  • A protagonist whose life is interrupted or disrupted

  • Relates to a specific problem, need, or opportunity

  • Launching a quest, mission…with the desired outcome

  • Reasons or important stakes that compel the character to respond, then resolve the issues

  • In the face of opposition (which is the antagonist/entity) will oppose goals and their own motivation.

  • This calls for higher and higher or (stronger) responses and course of action, which evolve an attack on the problem.

  • Leading towards a courageous resolution resulting from the hero’s decisions and actions

  • Setting up a specific outcome