Your premise needs to contain three things: the protagonist, the setting, and the crisis/conflict the protagonist is approaching. It should be the thing that makes other people want to read your story, so ideally will also contain an emotional hook. EG Charlie, the three-legged dog, needs to get home to his owner, but the river has flooded and Charlie cannot swim...
A premise is a useful thing to have BEFORE you write a story, because when you get lost (and you invariably will), it's a little reminder of where you started and where you wanted your story to go.
- Just for fun, try writing 10 potential titles for books you’d like to write.
- Now, choose 3 of those titles and write a premise for each book.
|... and then Charlie learned to swim and lived happily ever after.|