Developing the Story's Premise
It’s certainly not the only way for a story to be born but identifying a concept or premise early on as an initial general idea can lend clarity as you work your way through the composition of your story. The premise is a concise way to focus on the protagonist, the protagonist's goal, and what is at stake if that goal is not met. It's much easier to spot problems and find solutions when you've written only one line. The premise is your inspiration, and the excitement from it will propel you to work hard on the story. Don't commit to a single option right away, even if it appears to be great. Examine all of your possibilities and then choose the best one. Make sure you are happy with the choice for the special world you are creating because there are potentially countless other ideas you won't be working on when committing to it.
The human brain is great at coming up with ideas, not keeping them. So write down any ideas you may have, list everything you are passionately interested in. You might list characters you've imagined, intriguing plot twists, or excellent dialogue remarks that have occurred to you. You could make a list of issues that inspire you or particular genres that always entice you. Consider locations and mental associations with things that are extremely familiar. When you see all of these options in front of you, it forces you to wonder if they’re life-changing or big enough to include in your story.
Every detail in the story gets its meaning and emotional weight based on how it affects the hero in their quest. Consider the fundamental elements a premise should have and how can they be escalated? Give a sense of the core conflict the characters will face. Suggest a basic action, character change, theme, and bind these unique aspects of the story process in a storytelling structure.
Find the Structure
Structuring the premise is the internal logic that binds its components together naturally, allowing for a greater whole than the sum of its parts. Use a journey or similar traveling metaphor to organize the deeper fundamental process that will unfold over the course of your story, told effectively in an original way.
Discover your Character
Always tell a story about your most fascinating, challenging, and complex character. You want this character to be the one who is driving the action at all times. To identify the strongest character ingrained in the concept, consider this crucial question: Do I care about the challenges he has to overcome? Do I love the way he thinks? Do I want to see him act? Who do I love?
Get a Sense of the Core Conflict
Look for the main conflict by asking yourself, "Who fights who over what?". This one thing will be the driving force behind all of the conflict in the story.
Every good, organic story has a single basic action. When something happens, it will lead to another thing and so on all the way to the end of the story. The basic action should be the one that best enables the character to confront his weaknesses and change.
Identify Character Change
The fundamental character change gives the audience the deepest satisfaction no matter what form the story takes. Start with the basic action and then go to the opposites of that action. This will reveal your hero's psychological or moral weaknesses at the start of the story and how struggling to achieve the goal has positively or negatively changed him at the end. Above everything else, human growth must be expressed or show why it doesn't take place.
Figure Out the Theme
The central theme of a story is often revealed through the hero's actions when going after the goal. The final moral choice the hero must make at the end of the story is the most important step to express the theme.
The theme is your view of the proper way to act in the world. It is your moral vision, and it is one of the main reasons you are writing your story. The theme is best expressed through the structure of the story.