Outline: Premise and Concept

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I joke about Google being my boyfriend and YouTube being my mistress. Google knows everything and YouTube can teach anything.

I dated one guy and, after I made that joke, he began getting jealous of my researching. :-/

Okay. I sugar-coated it and glossed over the fact that he’s technologically illiterate without a desire to change it. He thought Google was an actual man. In his defense, he thought Google was some kind of weird fantasy nickname I gave a man I was having an affair with. :-/

As I was looking around at different outlines and different explanations of outlines, I realized I didn’t know, exactly, what certain words meant. Or, at least, didn’t know what they meant in reference to how they were being used. So, I did what any good inquisitor would do. I asked Google.

One such word was “concept”. Another was “premise”. How did these two words relate to writing? A concept was a scientific term for a large grouping of information. Example: A scientific concept would be gravity. A premise is an argument used in a debate, such as a courtroom. Before making a statement, lawyers explain their premise in great detail. This is the information I had when I asked Google what is story concept. The first item on the list gave me this:

Concept tells us what a story is about—the core idea of a story. Melissa Donovan on Writing Forward

That’s not all. I found out there is a division of concepts, as well.

There are two types of concepts: low concepts and high concepts. Melissa Donovan on Writing Forward

Low concepts, apparently, are simple ones. Though, according to the article pitching, or selling, them is more difficult. They don’t have a ready-made opposing force or conflicts. I guess that would make it harder to garner interest in the story.

High concepts are the ones we see everywhere. They are easier for genres like Sci-fi and Fantasy. I can see how romance and mystery would lend themselves to high concepts. Westerns would do well with high concepts, too. I’m not sure about YA or children’s books, but, hey, they could use them as well, I guess.

The low concept for Fetching the Wizard would be: beyond me…

The high concept would be: Also, beyond me…

Moving right along, we come to the premise. I found that the premise has its own outline or general guidelines.

It took a few moments for that to settle into my brain. I need an outline to start outlining my story.

P.S. I found my previous work on Fetching the Wizard. There are nine divisions, I’m not sure if they’re scenes or chapters.

Until next time…

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