Achievement Unlocked: My First Completed Premise

If real life was an X-Box, the words “Achievement Unlocked” just popped up on the bottom of my screen. Most people might call it a synopsis, but at twelve pages I think it’s outside that territory. But it’s also not an outline, as it’s missing scenes. The people behind Avatar: The Last Airbender call what I wrote a “premise” so I’m going to do the same.

A premise, in this case, is the main story, narratively described. The main idea, if you will.

When I write, I often come up with elements of the story –– plotlines and such –– that I’d like to mess with. The problem is that, if I’m in full prose mode, it requires a lot of changes. Using a premise to play with story concepts is easy, as it’s only a few pages (12, but this is for a novel, not a 22-minute television show).

I’ve attempted the process of writing a novel several times, and completed one that I will never show to any living being. But this is the first time using what I’m calling the “Storybending Method” to complete a fully formed premise.

It took me a week, but I have an excellent understanding of the story and its plot and character arc elements.

Looking forward to the next step.


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