Here is the second lesson:
•Dennis Whitcomb in “Developing a Short Story From a Premise” says: “The premise of a story is simply a one-line explanation of your story”(112).
•Test your story by using a premise, making sure that you have character, conflict & resolution.
Oates, Joyce Carol. Writer’s Digest Handbook of Short Story Writing. Ohio: Writer’s Digest Books, 1982.
I would love to see some feedback about this. Perhaps someone would be willing to share a premise. It doesn't have to necessarily be one of a short story, but one of a novel as the idea intermingles. Has anyone read the above referenced book? If not, I do suggest it; it's great.
Let's see some more lively discussion.