4 Steps to Creating a Strong Premise for Your Story

From the Beginning, Through to the Middle and Onto the End of Your Stories

Learn Through Writing, Ideas & Speaking
Learn Through Writing, Ideas & Speaking 

INTRODUCTION 

The premise of a story is the foundational idea that expresses the plot in simple terms. A good premise will communicate your story’s essence in a brief statement. 

Because of the universal truths, premises tend to express, a story premise can usually be stated in one sentence. Example premises you may be familiar with:

Words of Wisdom

Honesty is the best policy;

Be careful what you wish for;

What goes around comes around.

In this lesson, I share my personal story in the case study. Through my story, you will learn how to use:

THE #4STEPS TO CREATING A STRONG PREMISE FOR YOUR STORY

#Step1: Begin with a theme. Your theme will inform both your point of view and the premise of your story. 

#Step2: Start by asking yourself simple questions. One of the most basic steps you can take to generate story ideas is to ask yourself simple questions.


#Step3: Ensure that your character (you) has a strong motivation. Many great premises are borne from a character’s motivation or primary goal.

#Step4:  Be able to explain your premise in as few words as possible. Once you’ve settled on your basic story idea, make sure it can be explained simply and quickly.

LECTURE

Establishing what your premise is at the outset will help you craft a story that works. That’s because it gives you the framework you need to express your driving idea from the beginning through to the middle and onto the end of your story.

END OF LECTURE

PREMISE TELLS THE STORY 

In this lesson, you will learn how to use premise as a framework to craft your story in a way that communicates your message simply and effectively. Throughout the steps, you will practice The Art of Insightful Questions and Effective Feedback.

Let’s look at this in the context of my Story:

LIFE IS TOO SHORT NOT TO BE LIVING IT FULLY: PREMISE TELLS THE STORY: A CASE STUDY: 

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Published by Carmel O' Reilly

Carmel O’ Reilly: WorkLife Learning Practitioner & Writer Author of WorkLife Book Club, Your WorkLife Your Way and The School of WorkLife book series. Created to help you manage your WorkLife Learning. Blogger & Podcaster: Telling people’s powerful stories about WorkLife challenges & successes Founder of www.schoolofworklife.com My guiding statement is to help people pursue their WorkLives with greater clarity, passion, purpose and pride by creating continuous WorkLife learning programmes that are accessible to everyone.