Everything should be built on a strong foundation if it is intended to stand the test of time. That is as true for a house as it is for a story. Story needs a strong foundation.
Think of your favorite books. What do they have in common: a phenomenal story world or perhaps amazing character arcs? I suspect your favorite stories were built on a strong foundation. The premise and theme of a story are often key.
Though I generally know my premise when I set out to write a story, the theme is not generally something I consciously think about because of the kind of writer I am—seat of the pants. I have a basic idea for a story, and I usually know who the key characters are. Beyond that I don’t know much. If I have a strong story idea the premise and theme seem to be obvious to readers, but to be honest I have to think about it, because I don’t set out writing with a theme in mind and it grows organically as I write, usually completely unaware it’s even there.
Let’s write a story together today. We won’t have a strong foundation, so I don’t expect this story to stand the test of time, but I do think it will be fun.
Here’s the opening line.
The sun shone bright after three days of solid rain.
Your turn. Add to the last line posted in the comments. Have fun!
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There is a fun short story there listed under my books tab that you can read for free. I wrote it while attending my very first writer’s conference then sent it off to a mystery and suspense magazine. They bought it! Talk about an encouragement. This short story is the inspiration for Edge of Truth.