Writing Challenge: One-Sentence Premise

Princess Bride Sword FightToday’s challenge is to write a one-sentence premise for your current work in progress (WIP). Your premise should include three elements: The main character, the story goal, and the conflict. For example, here’s the premise of my current WIP:

An unemployed wizard turns to crime to pay the bills, but the real criminals curse the money he steals from them.

The goal of the unemployed wizard is to pay his bills.

The conflict is the criminals and the curse.

I’d love to see your story premises in the comments here!


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A former vampire logistics facilitator, past purveyor of Italian-style transportation, and Y2K disaster preventer, I'm currently creating websites, novels and other fictions while reinventing myself. Again.
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4 Responses to Writing Challenge: One-Sentence Premise

  1. A gay wizard detective fights more than crime as he battles prejudice and hate while working to bring magical criminals to justice. (This is actually a series… haven’t determined the first case he solves yet)

  2. I just came across this one on Facebook: “Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first person she meets, and then teams up with three strangers to kill again.” – The Wizard of Oz.

  3. paleololigo says:

    Here is a one-sentence pitch for my WIP:

    He had no intention of being King, nor of falling in love again. Her foreign and infuriating manners changed his mind.

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