Unlike what I once thought, plot is not a natural result of telling a story. Plot, like all other parts of writing, is a craft that must be studied and then designed with purpose. That being said, there are many different ways that one creates a plot—and countless theories as to how they can be created with the most efficiency. Over the next few weeks, I'm going to teach you several of these techniques and help you to create a Plot Outline. Many people are against such structure in their writing, even many good writers. However, my purpose for this book is to create a system so that ANYBODY can write a novel—even those who cannot subconsciously create a plot in the back of their minds. I encourage all of my readers to follow this system, or to modify it in a way that suits you best, as an exercise to discover what creative feats your mind can accomplish given limitations and structure—similar in spirit to writing poetry in traditional forms. Today, we're going to work on creating a clearly defined, and professional Plot Premise for your outline.