Explains effective use of structure and pacing, and offers advice for creating realistic dialogue, plot, and characters
This new edition of Writing Short Stories has been updated throughout to include new and revised exercises, up-to-date coverage of emerging technologies and a new glossary of key terms and techniques. Ailsa Cox, a published short-story writer, guides the reader through the key aspects of the craft, provides a variety of case studies and examples of how others have approached the genre and sets a series of engaging exercises to help hone your skills. This inspiring book is the ideal guide for those new to the genre or for anyone wanting to improve their technique.
On Writing Short Stories, Second Edition, explores the art and craft of writing short fiction by bringing together nine original essays by professional writers and thirty-three examples of short fiction. The first section features original essays by well-known authors--including Francine Prose, Joyce Carol Oates, and Andre Dubus--that guide students through the process of writing. Focusing on the characteristics and craft of the short story and its writer, these essays take students from the workshopping process all the way through to the experience of working with agents and publishers. The second part of the text is an anthology of stories--many referred to in the essays--that give students dynamic examples of technique brought to life.
Writing Short Stories: A Writers' and Artists' Companion is an essential guide to writing short fiction successfully. PART 1 explores the nature and history of the form, personal reflections by the editors, and help getting started with ideas, planning and research. PART 2 includes tips by leading short story writers, including: Alison Moore, Jane Rogers, Edith Pearlman, David Vann, Anthony Doerr, Vanessa Gebbie, Alexander MacLeod, Adam Thorpe and Elspeth Sandys. PART 3 contains practical advice - from shaping plots and exploring your characters to beating writers' block, rewriting and publishing your stories.
Bickham's "workshop on paper"- a program founded on his successful Writer's Digest magazine "Blueprint"series - teaches every writer how to write successful shor stories.
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Offers advice on using characters, setting, plot, and dialogue to create an effective short story and includes sample short stories with analysis.
Wise advice on plot, character, and style from a legendary Esquire editor: “Every aspiring fiction writer ought to read this.” —Writer’s Digest Over the course of his long and colorful career as fiction editor for Esquire magazine, L. Rust Hills championed the early work of literary luminaries such as Norman Mailer, John Cheever, Don DeLillo, Raymond Carver, and E. Annie Proulx. His skill at identifying talent and understanding story made him a legend within the industry as an unparalleled editor of short fiction. Writing in General and the Short Story in Particular is a master class in writing—especially short story writing—from the master himself. Drawing on a lifetime of experience and success, this practical guide explains essential techniques of writing fiction—from developing character to crafting plots to effectively employing literary techniques. Clear and concise enough for any beginner but wise and powerful enough for any pro, Writing in General is a classic to be savored by both aspiring and seasoned writers.
Inspirational and practical guide to writing short stories by an experienced writer in the form. The text is presented in conversational style, generally in sense-lines. Includes author's 'personal history of recommended reading'. The book is also available as a downloadable PDF document at the publisher's website, www.CommonGround.com.au. Author's short stories have been published in 'The New Yorker', 'Punch', 'The Times', 'The Transatlantic Review', 'Meanjin' and 'Quadrant', and have been collected in ten volumes.
Ring Lardner has been one of America's most popular short story writers for nearly a century and here is his guide for any budding writers. This classic work was originally published in 1924 and is now being republished here with a brand new introductory biography of the author.
The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.
Short story writers reflect on the craft, on their own works, and on challenges and trends in short story writing.
Literary Talks on Writing Short Stories is ideal for those new to the short story genre or for anyone who wishes to improve their writing technique. Collins provides a practical approach and addresses you directly, in a desire effort to impress upon your mind the fundamental requisites of the short story. You will learn: [What is a Short Story? [Making the Short Story Interesting [The Plot [Method of Narration [The Introduction [The Story Proper [Conclusion and Climax [The Writer's Attitude of Mind [And much, much more... This book allows you to discover the ease of short story writing and the techniques by which your ideas may be converted into a short story. This book represents an entirely new chapter in the art of short story writing. Even the experienced writer may find some helpful information and improved method in these literary talks. Eureka F. Collins is an award-winning author, short story writer, inspirational speaker, founder and director of the Living To Be With God (LV2BWGOD) Network (www.LivingToBeWithGod.Net), publisher of the network's newsletter, and the Vice President of Education for a Toastmasters Club. She is the author of the highly acclaimed nonfiction works Strong Winds Change Lives and Love Matters Most. Collins is known for writing inspirational articles and short stories that have a twist to them. Several of her short stories have been featured in three popular anthologies, as well as on FaithWriters.com. Her contributions and style has guided hundreds of writers to knowing the what, how, and why of the short story. Collins' motivating efforts toward inspiring others can be summed up in her own words: "For me, it's about writers helping writers!" She resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with her husband and their son. For more information, visit www.EurekaFCollins.com.
Drawing on years of classroom experience, the author provides guidance for several types of writers: beginners, writers with works in progress, those seeking other writers for critiques, and students in introductory and intermediate writing courses. A special section features three original stories by former students of the author. How does one translate experience into fiction? This work includes specific and practical guidance on the art, craft, and business of writing short stories. It offers advice on exploring sources, galvanizing the imagination, studying stories, and then writing them.
A must-have book for any new writer and a welcome addition to the library of established writers who are hoping to 'up their game'. Have you ever wondered why your short stories are rejected? What is the secret of selling your work? How do you make sure your characters are memorable, your plots realistic and your twists both satisfying and unpredictable? Della Galton answers these and many more questions using a format that will already be familiar to writers: What? Why? When? How? Where? and Who? The Author: Della Galton has been selling short stories for twenty years. She sells between 90 and 100 short stories a year to markets in the UK and abroad. She also teaches creative writing and is a popular speaker at writers' conferences across the UK. Dozens of her students have achieved success in the very competitive field of magazine fiction. Della is also the author of two published novels, Passing Shadows and Helter Skelter.
As the name implies, this book is a compilation of cliffhanger short stories geared towards students for leisure and creative writing. The stories all fall into the category of fiction and suspense and leave the reader to imagine what happens next.
LEARN HOW TO WRITE WONDERFUL AND VARIED SHORT STORIES AND SHARE THEM WITH THE WORLD. Written by one of the country's leading experts on the short story, this book is ideal if you want to write creatively in a genre that is increasingly attracting attention from publishers, and which offers plenty of competition and festival opportunities for you to showcase your work. This new edition includes uptodate material on web resources and outlets and provides new information on self-publishing. In addition it discusses genres such as micro-fiction, and throughout is fully updated with new resources, events, slams and competitions. It will help unlock your imagination and creativity, and to discover stories you didn't know you had. It will help you to observe the world around you more sharply, as well as to structure, shape and polish your story. It is full of practical exercises that will both inspire imagination and refine skills, and confidence-building suggestions and hints.
"The essential guide to getting your work published"--Cover.