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An idea is to travel to Florida.
A concept is to travel by car and stop at all the national parks along the way.
A premise is to take your estranged father with you and mend fences while on the road.


This is taken directly from the pages of Larry Brooks’, Story Engineering. I love the simplicity of this. It’s easy to remember and so useful.

I often come up with concepts or ideas, and think I’ve got a story, but I don’t without a premise!

The secret sauce to a Premise, is Character.

The inclusion of an estranged father is intriguing, posing questions which need answers. Mending fences is a just detail which could be anything to spice up the journey and cause further conflicts.