The Promise of Premise

The notion of "premise" within the novel-writing proposition is as critical as it is too-often taken for granted. Sometimes premise is confused with "concept" (they are different story essences, though equally critical), and thus, premise can become the square-one explanation for why a story isn't professionally competitive. Getting premise right is a multi-part, criteria-driven process, one that becomes core to basic story development and is rendered more achievable once those criteria are not only understood, but utilized to drive the creation phase. This workshop will define and explain those criteria, supported by real-life examples on both sides of the goal.