Creating Short Fiction

Explains effective use of structure and pacing, and offers advice for creating realistic dialogue, plot, and characters

Author: Damon Knight

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0312150946

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 209

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Explains effective use of structure and pacing, and offers advice for creating realistic dialogue, plot, and characters

Writing in General and the Short Story in Particular

Writing in General and the Short Story in Particular is a master class in writing—especially short story writing—from the master himself.

Author: Rust Hills

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 9780547526300

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

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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.

FLASH Writing the Very Short Story

An engaging and frank guide to writing the very short story, full of sound advice, exemplary models, and provocative exercises. The history of fiction has been dominated by the novel and the short story.

Author: John Dufresne

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393352368

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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An engaging and frank guide to writing the very short story, full of sound advice, exemplary models, and provocative exercises. The history of fiction has been dominated by the novel and the short story. But now a brave new genre has emerged: very brief fiction. FLASH! identifies the qualities that make for excellent flash fiction, demystifies the writing process, and guides writers by exercise and example through the world of the very short story. John Dufresne’s characteristic warmth, wit, and humor remind writers of the joy in the creative process, making this a perfect guide for any writer interested in trying a new form.

The Art Craft of the Short Story

Veteran story-writer DeMarinis provides his thoughts on various aspects of writing--plot, character, point of view--and also on not writing, which he claims is part of every writer's life and should be accepted as such.

Author: Rick DeMarinis

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: STANFORD:36105110354276

Category: Reference

Page: 232

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Veteran story-writer DeMarinis provides his thoughts on various aspects of writing--plot, character, point of view--and also on not writing, which he claims is part of every writer's life and should be accepted as such. DeMarinis illustrates his insights with numerous examples from many different kinds of short stories, and includes exercises for aspiring writers. - Publisher.

Write Your Short Story

Not sure how to begin a short story? Let me help you! Whether you're a beginner or a published writer always looking for new ideas, this little book is for you!

Author: Lorena A Falcón

Publisher:

ISBN: 9798645725266

Category:

Page: 72

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Not sure how to begin a short story? Let me help you! Whether you're a beginner or a published writer always looking for new ideas, this little book is for you! After a quick introduction to short stories and their elements, you'll find tips on short story writing and a list of 101 ideas for your next short story. I hope these writing ideas serve you as inspiration and starters for your writing. They are grouped in three categories situations, first sentence and last sentence. But that's only for clarity, you can use them anyway you like. Curious about my short stories? You can check some mini-stories here -> amazon.com/dp/B07VCW6PDV

A Short History of the Short Story

In this concise volume, Gulnaz Fatma traces the short story from its origins in fables, ancient poetry, and tales such asÿThe Arabian Nights, to its modern form in the early American stories of Irving, Poe, and Hawthorne, and then through ...

Author: Gulnaz Fatma

Publisher: Modern History Press

ISBN: 9781615991778

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 46

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Worldwide Appreciation of the Short Story Form Spans Cultures and Centuries! In this concise volume, Gulnaz Fatma traces the short story from its origins in fables, ancient poetry, and tales such as The Arabian Nights, to its modern form in the early American stories of Irving, Poe, and Hawthorne, and then through the twentieth century and throughout the world. The elements of what makes a short story are presented along with a discussion of the difficulties in defining the genre. The short story's relation to the novel as well as its uniqueness as its own form are deftly presented. While the American and European traditions of the short story take up much of this book, the final chapter is a thorough presentation of the short story's development in India. Anyone interested in the short story--teachers, students, writers, and readers--will find this volume informative, thoughtful, and a welcome addition to our understanding of one of literature's most dynamic forms. Gulnaz Fatma is an Indian writer and author. She is a research scholar in the Department of English at Aligarh Muslim University in Aligarh, India. "As a fiction writer who has also taught the short story form, I was impressed by the thoroughness and insight presented in this concise book. Fatma's broad exploration of the short story form is backed by numerous supporting examples and her chapter on the short story in India will introduce many readers to that country's own literary gems." --Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D. and author of the award-winning Narrow Lives From the World Voices Series www.ModernHistoryPress.com Literary Criticism: Short Stories Literary Criticism: Asian - General

Short Story Writing

Besides these essential qualities , there are five features to consider with regard to the short story . These form , as it were , the physical , outward body of the story ; and it will be useful to compare in each of these features the ...

Author: Grenville Kleiser

Publisher: APH Publishing

ISBN: 8176485683

Category: Short stories

Page: 265

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Short Story Writing

[10] FOOTNOTES: [2] "The Short Story," by Frederick Wedmore. Nineteenth Century, Mar., '98. [3] "How to Write Short Stories." An interview with F. Hopkinson Smith in the Boston Herald. Current Literature. June, '96.

Author: Charles Raymond Barrett

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781329176751

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Short Story Writing

Mr. Beach, former lecturer on short-story writing in New York University, prefaces his book with statements about the two distinct processes involved in story writing. These are the craftsman's knowledge of technique and his ability to ...

Author: Blanche Colton Williams

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015067190366

Category: Short story

Page: 44

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Writing Africa in the Short Story

We all have, up to now, neglected the short story as a genre worthy of critical attention, even though there is already a respectable body of short stories written by our most celebrated writers. Whatever the case may be, ...

Author: Ernest Emenyo̲nu

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN: 9781847010810

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 179

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The success of the Caine Prize for African Writing and the growth of online publishing have played key roles in putting the short story in its rightful place within the study and criticism of African literature.

High School Writing Project 2 0 Anthology Short Story Collection

Writing. Project. 2.0. For subsidiary rights inquiries, please contact: [email protected] The High School Writing Project 2.0 features short stories written by high school students about teenage characters. The stories in this edition ...

Author: Steven Roberts

Publisher: High School Voices Press

ISBN:

Category: Young Adult Fiction

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Friends. Fun. Romance. Drama. Danger. Tragedy. HIGH SCHOOL. High School Writing Project 2.0 features short stories and flash fiction written by high school students about teenage characters. The stories in this edition touch on a variety of subjects including teenage suicide, mental illness, superstition, romance, and ESP. Short stories included in the anthology: Everything To Live For by Steven Roberts – When a distraught high school senior decides to end his own life, he is surprised to meet a man claiming to be his guardian angel who shows him the effect his suicide will have on his friends, loved ones, and even strangers. Danica Myerson contributed the following three stories set among a group of students all in the same psychology class. It's Not Always Easy – Diane and Abby were best friends. Then Jack entered their lives. Will competition over a cute guy ruin their friendship? What The Eye Can't See – Who would have guessed that underneath Kelly's silent, sweet personality there was a dangerous and violent girl waiting for her chance to come out? A State of Mind – Chain letter e-mails don't mean anything. They're only superstition. Right? The Premonition by Seth King – Greg awakens from a bad dream convinced that something awful is going to happen that day. His older sister insists that he's reacting to nothing more than an overactive imagination. Proving that his nightmare was indeed a psychic premonition will come at a terrible price. Lois Young provided three thoughtful essays for the collection. A Tale of Two Teachers takes a humorous look back at the contrasting styles of her two sixth grade teachers. If I Could Be Principal lays out her vision for changing her high school. The Christmas Package tells a simple story of a life lesson learned the hard way.

Short Story Writing

Advice on writing and selling short stories.

Author: Dilys Gater

Publisher:

ISBN: 0946537836

Category: Authorship

Page: 187

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Advice on writing and selling short stories. All the techniques such as dialogue, characterizations, scene, pace, atmosphere and many others are covered in the central section on practical skills, while the commercial aspect is dealt with in a piece dedicated to selling one's stories.

The Writer s Digest Handbook of Short Story Writing

and bizarre that no fiction could hold a candle to the grotesque truth. Truman Capote allowed as how he had invented a new kind of narrative treat, the nonfiction novel, that made the un-non kind as obsolete as hand-churned ice cream.

Author: Frank A. Dickson

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: PSU:000043459797

Category: Reference

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A collection of articles from the Writer's Digest designed to answer the questions of a beginning short story writer

Short Stories in the Classroom

Examining how teachers help students respond to short fiction, this book presents 25 essays that look closely at "teachable" short stories by a diverse group of classic and contemporary writers.

Author: Carole L. Hamilton

Publisher: National Council of Teachers

ISBN: STANFORD:36105113397926

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 207

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Examining how teachers help students respond to short fiction, this book presents 25 essays that look closely at "teachable" short stories by a diverse group of classic and contemporary writers. The approaches shared by the contributors move from readers' first personal connections to a story, through a growing facility with the structure of stories and the perception of their varied cultural contexts, to a refined and discriminating sense of taste in short fiction. After a foreword ("What Is a Short Story and How Do We Teach It?"), essays in the book are: (1) "Shared Weight: Tim O'Brien's 'The Things They Carried'" (Susanne Rubenstein); (2) "Being People Together: Toni Cade Bambara's 'Raymond's Run'" (Janet Ellen Kaufman); (3) "Destruct to Instruct: 'Teaching' Graham Greene's'The Destructors'" (Sara R. Joranko); (4) "Zora Neale Hurston's 'How It Feels to Be Colored Me': A Writing and Self-Discovery Process" (Judy L. Isaksen); (5) "Forcing Readers to Read Carefully: William Carlos Williams's 'The Use of Force'" (Charles E. May); (6) "'Nothing Much Happens in This Story': Teaching Sarah Orne Jewett's 'A White Heron'" (Janet Gebhart Auten); (7) "How Did I Break My Students of One of Their Biggest Bad Habits as Readers? It Was Easy: Using Alice Walker's 'How Did I Get Away...'" (Kelly Chandler); (8) "Reading between the Lines of Gina Berriault's 'The Stone Boy'" (Carole L. Hamilton); (9) "Led to Condemn: Discovering the Narrative Strategy of Herman Melville's 'Bartleby the Scrivener'" (James Tackach); (10) "One Great Way to Read Short Stories: Studying Character Deflection in Morley Callaghan's 'All the Years of Her Life'" (Grant Tracey); (11) "Stories about Stories: Teaching Narrative Using William Saroyan's 'My Grandmother Lucy Tells a Story without a Beginning, a Middle, or an End'" (Brenda Dyer); (12) "The Story Looks at Itself: Narration in Virginia Woolf's 'An Unwritten Novel'" (Tamara Grogan); (13) "Structuralism and Edith Wharton's 'Roman Fever'" (Linda L. Gill); (14) "Creating Independent Analyzers of the Short Story with Rawlings's 'A Mother in Mannville'" (Russell Shipp); (15) "Plato's 'Myth of the Cave' and the Pursuit of Knowledge" (Dennis Young); (16) "Through Cinderella: Four Tools and the Critique of High Culture" (Lawrence Pruyne); (17) "Getting behind Gilman's 'The Yellow Wallpaper'" (Dianne Fallon); (18) "Expanding the Margins in American Literature Using Armistead Maupin's 'More Tales of the City'" (Barbara Kaplan Bass); (19) "Shuffling the Race Cards: Toni Morrison's 'Recitatif'" (E. Shelley Reid); (20) "Readers, Cultures, and 'Revolutionary' Literature: Teaching Toni Cade Bambara's 'The Lesson'" (Jennifer Seibel Trainor); (21) "Learning to Listen to Stories: Sherman Alexie's 'Witnesses, Secret and Not'" (Susan Berry Brill de Ramirez); (22) "'Sometimes, Bad Is Bad': Teaching Theodore Dreiser's 'Typhoon' and the American Literary Canon" (Peter Kratzke); (23) "Teaching Flawed Fiction: 'The Most Dangerous Game'" (Tom Hansen); (24) "Reading Louise Erdrich's 'American Horse'" (Pat Onion); and (25) "Opening the Door to Understanding Joyce Carol Oates's 'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?'" (Richard E. Mezo). An afterword "Writing by the Flash of the Firefly" and a bibliographic postscript are attached. (RS)

Cornish Short Stories

Sometimes time cracks, disrupting a fragile equilibrium. The stories are peopled with locals and incomers, sailors and land dwellers; a diver searches the deep for what she has lost, and forbidden lovers meet in secret places.

Author: Emma Timpany

Publisher:

ISBN: 0750983558

Category: Cornwall (England : County)

Page: 192

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This bold and striking new anthology showcases Cornwall's finest contemporary writers, combining established and new voices.Ghosts walk in the open and infidelities are conducted in plain sight. Two teenagers walk along a perfect beach in the anticipation of a first kiss. Time stops for nothing - not even for death. Sometimes time cracks, disrupting a fragile equilibrium. The stories are peopled with locals and incomers, sailors and land dwellers; a diver searches the deep for what she has lost, and forbidden lovers meet in secret places. Throughout, the writers' words reveal a love of the incomparable Cornish landscape.

The Writing of the Short Story

It is to be understood that certain types of the short story are not included in this study as not being available for detailed work. Stories in which the interest is almost wholly dependent upon the succession of incidents can ...

Author: Lewis Worthington Smith

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9783752423907

Category: Fiction

Page: 44

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Reproduction of the original: The Writing of the Short Story by Lewis Worthington Smith

How to Write the Perfect Short Story

Classic Story Structure (simplified) I wholeheartedly recommend the following structure for short stories. ... In my experience, editors are willing to publish stories written using this structure, and readers find such stories very ...

Author: Patrick Quinlan

Publisher: Patrick Quinlan

ISBN:

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 52

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What do I mean by "the perfect short story?" To me, the perfect short story is a story that you write, that editors want to publish, and that readers will enjoy. If you’re lucky, it might even make you some money. Over time, if you write a bunch of perfect short stories, readers might start to remember your name. These are beautiful things. Sound good to you? Download this FREE ebook and discover a reliable way to write the perfect short story, and do it consistently.