When friends ask what your story is about, rather than drone on about every single plot point, learn how to rattle off a pithy pitch that sends even people overhearing you begging for more.
Think of the concept and pitch as the seeds out of which grow action and characters interacting in a meaningful way.
Some writers won't write a word until they come up with a concept that renders them begging for more. Others don't tackle the task until they've finished writing and editing and are ready to query.
Wherever you are with your story, the time is never too early to ask yourself: What is your story about really? Brainstorm. Keep a notebook. Narrow down what your story is about to one or two lines and you're ready to pitch.
Concept, Logline, Pitch Workshop is the next workshop for all ages and all genres at A Path to Publishing.