I collect articles on writing. The thought is this will somehow magically help me to break in and conquer the publishing world. It’s like buying a diet book and expecting to pounds to melt away, just because you have the book in your possession.
I came across an article entitled Theme & Premise: Or How to Plot a Character Driven Book in 3 Easy Steps written by Robyn DeHart. I had taken the time to put this in a sheet protector and placed it in a binder. Those were signs I believed this was a keeper.
Ms. DeHart said that this is a one-word concept, the basic emotional conflict of the book.
Ms. DeHart suggests looking at books you’ve written or books you’ve consider keepers. There is a chance these books have the same theme.
The theme in my books is the bonds of family.
Once you have your theme it’s on to next step in the process.
Step 2-Premise/Character Lesson
This is what the character learns.
They are deserving of love.
Your past doesn’t have to dictate your future.
Step 3-Character Arc
Once you know your character lesson, you know what their arc should be. The character arc is the plot of the story. It is the foundation of your book. You are going to have your characters face their past again and again until they grow and change or forsake their internal goal.
This is another weapon in your writing journey. I suggest you visit Ms. DeHart’s web site to read her article.