Writing Advice – Starting with a Premise

Hey guys, it’s Katherine! Today I wanted to talk about where to start with the whole writing thing and why people get so lost with it. It took me about a year of wanting to write a book to actually understand why when I started writing I didn’t find I was getting anywhere. I would start writing the first couple of pages and then come to a standstill.

I didn’t have a plan.

I didn’t know what was happening or how my characters would develop and most importantly I didn’t know how my story was going to end. When you start writing it is important to know all of these things. When teachers tell you to write and plan a story they often don’t fully explain themselves. I like using the SALES technique to being my planning with a premise.

Setting, Antagonist, Lead, Ending, Start

Setting – You need to know where your book is set. It is important to your genre and the world-building aspect of your work. It could be an interplanetary colony, a magical kingdom, 19th century France, modern-day America. It can be something completely random but the setting is important, it is how your characters will interact with the world around them.

Antagonist – Now you are probably thinking of some brooding dark strange in the corner holding some torture device and a set of manacles. But your antagonist doesn’t even have to be a person. In the case of some books, it could be an illness or the weather. An antagonist could be a parent or a manipulative friend. Anyone/anything that impedes and endangers your lead.

Lead – Your main character and the integral driving force of your story. I would suggest doing a bit of free writing and some serious planning (but I’ll cover that in a later post). The age of your protagonist or lead is often around the same age of your audience, so be mindful of having a child lead in adult fiction or vice versa.

Ending – Knowing where your story is going is quite possibly the most important part of planning. This endpoint shouldn’t change throughout the writing process and should be fully planned before any writing takes place. Planning the ending first also gives the added benefit of allowing you to drop hints to your reader and add plot twists to your work.

Start – This includes how you introduce your characters as well as where the story begins. The beginning scene of your book should set the tone and the atmosphere for the whole story. It shouldn’t be an info dump of all of the world’s past events and should be intriguing to read. Let questions go unanswered. This first scene should also set up the narrative perspective and voice for the rest of the book.

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Thanks guys x

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