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Story Exercise 1: THE PREMISE


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As the original poster, I'll go first. Here's my premise for a story that I recently completed:

 

When a hard-boiled secret agent turned bodyguard falls for his principle, he is forced to confront his own lack of humanity in order to pursue his love interest and win his affection.

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@Serelec I'm still processing, as time is one thing I'm always short of.  I'd recommend much smaller chunks and 1 exercise at a time.  I'm pretty sure more than a few people saw the wall of text and ran for the hills.  ;)

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11 hours ago, Myr said:

@Serelec I'm still processing, as time is one thing I'm always short of.  I'd recommend much smaller chunks and 1 exercise at a time.  I'm pretty sure more than a few people saw the wall of text and ran for the hills.  ;)

Good idea, honestly for my sake too cause that was a lot of summarizing haha

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First exercise and I'm already having trouble.:facepalm:  Especially this line:  Ask yourself if this premise line has the makings of a story that could change your life.

What if I'm writing it because I thought it sounded like fun?  I'm not looking to change the world.  

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4 minutes ago, CassieQ said:

I'm not looking to change the world.  

I think your perspective here is too broad...

You can change someone's life by having an entertaining story right at that moment someone is down.

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I don’t think I could even start to follow all of those instructions. I did once write a story using the structure of 'The Hero with a Thousand Faces' but it was hard going. I think that trying to do all of these exercises would be more likely to lead me into procrastination rather than actual writing!

Its a good idea, though and would probably suit the kind of writer who likes to spend loads of time planning out before actually diving in to the story.

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10 hours ago, Mawgrim said:

I don’t think I could even start to follow all of those instructions. I did once write a story using the structure of 'The Hero with a Thousand Faces' but it was hard going. I think that trying to do all of these exercises would be more likely to lead me into procrastination rather than actual writing!

Its a good idea, though and would probably suit the kind of writer who likes to spend loads of time planning out before actually diving in to the story.

i agree with you... i've done this and then so much of the story was done according to my brain, i couldnt write it.  This sort of thing is interesting to read but doesn't work for me either.

The effort is appreciated though.

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Exercise 1: Secret government organization finds and trains people with extraordinary powers while keeping those powers hidden from society.

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EXERCISE 1: DEFINE YOUR PREMISE

An abused, jaded teenager gets transported to another world, where he is adopted by a new family and discovers that some things…and some people…are worth fighting for.  

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19 hours ago, Mawgrim said:

I don’t think I could even start to follow all of those instructions. I did once write a story using the structure of 'The Hero with a Thousand Faces' but it was hard going. I think that trying to do all of these exercises would be more likely to lead me into procrastination rather than actual writing!

Its a good idea, though and would probably suit the kind of writer who likes to spend loads of time planning out before actually diving in to the story.

I'm a huge pantser myself. However, I have found that when I reach a roadblock while in the middle of writing, it was helpful to go back and explore some of these questions. It usually helps me to understand why I've hit a bump in the road. But overall, the most important takeaway for me was to create the one sentence premise line :)

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2 minutes ago, Serelec said:

I'm a huge pantser myself. However, I have found that when I reach a roadblock while in the middle of writing, it was helpful to go back and explore some of these questions. It usually helps me to understand why I've hit a bump in the road. But overall, the most important takeaway for me was to create the one sentence premise line :)

I'm also a fellow pantser that is trying to be a little bit more structured to keep me from wandering off into the weeds so often.  

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1 minute ago, CassieQ said:

I'm also a fellow pantser that is trying to be a little bit more structured to keep me from wandering off into the weeds so often.  

It's a marathon of balance 😂 Part of the fun with being a pantser is that your characters tend to surprise you in so many different ways. It's just like real life heh

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I’m trying to use this technique to work out a premise for a story I’m currently working on but I have two main point of view characters, both of whom have different objectives, even though their lives intertwine. The only way I can think of doing it is a sentence for both:

A newly-hired chief projectionist discovers his predecessor invented a device that has stirred up malevolent forces within the cinema. A young woman, whose mother died under mysterious circumstances, find herself drawn to the same place, convinced she will find the answers there.

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I'm using this technique to help me figure out my upcoming story but I don't feel like "spoiling it" even in this very exclusive circle :) So I'll go public with one of my completed pieces. 

"Just when a teen drummer boy finally feels ready to pursue his love interest for the first time, a few seemingly unrelated events abruptly change his life into an unpredictable roller coaster."

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On 4/12/2021 at 9:59 PM, CassieQ said:

EXERCISE 1: DEFINE YOUR PREMISE

An abused, jaded teenager gets transported to another world, where he is adopted by a new family and discovers that some things…and some people…are worth fighting for.  

I read that story.  It was a good one.  Looking forward to seeing how you work things out in your story.

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