The concept is an important element for any story, but the concept is especially essential for any story in the speculative fiction genre.
You should be able to express your concept as a “What If…?” question:
What if Molyn, a spoiled city girl, had to team up with Tham, an angry villager, to save all the verses of their world from the foolish mistake of her father?
You should also be able to express your concept as an “elevator pitch,” including these components:
- A plot-based idea.
- A thematic idea.
- A main character.
- An antagonistic force.
- A conflict.
- A milieu.
Your concept should be fresh and original. Your concept should be compelling for you and your readers. Your concept should fit together as a cohesive whole.
So, here it is:
When Molyn’s deceptive suitor, Dubin, convinces her father, the Governor, to send the dragons out of their verse, Molyn knows she has to stop them. She steals the Guardian and flees the city, only to discover that she was too late. Hele saw a dragon wink out!
Now, on this world that abandoned advanced technology long ago, Molyn and two simple villagers must re-discover how the “magic” works to keep the dragons from ravaging verse after verse of the world’s song, until nothing is left.
Facing the consequences of her father’s irresponsible decision, Molyn travels to another verse—where all the dragons of all the verses now range free—with Tham, Hele’s prejudiced brother, to uncover the secret that will save all the verses of their dying world. Can love save them or will duty and peace forever be between them?
What do you think? Is it compelling? Do you want to know more?