Crafting Novels Short Stories

Crafting Novels   Short Stories

Make your plot and conflict high-energy and intense. Hone your story's point of view. Create a rich setting and backstory. Craft dialogue that rings true. Select the right words and descriptions throughout your story.

Author: Editors of Writer's Digest

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 1599635712

Category: Reference

Page: 368

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Learn How to Create Stories That Captivate Agents, Editors, and Readers Alike! Inside you'll find the tools you need to build strong characters, keep your plots moving, master the art of dialogue, choose the right point of view, and more. This comprehensive book on the art of novel and short story writing is packed with advice and instruction from best-selling authors and writing experts like Nancy Kress, Elizabeth Sims, Hallie Ephron, N.M. Kelby, Heather Sellers, and Donald Maass, plus a foreword by James Scott Bell. You'll learn invaluable skills for mastering every area of the craft: Define and refine your characters. Make your plot and conflict high-energy and intense. Hone your story's point of view. Create a rich setting and backstory. Craft dialogue that rings true. Select the right words and descriptions throughout your story. Revise your story to perfection. Throughout you'll find supplemental sections that cover special topics like getting started, beating writer's block, researching your work, and getting published. They'll help you integrate your skills into a balanced, productive, and fulfilling career. Whether you're writing flash fiction, a short story, a novel, or an epic trilogy, you'll come away with the tools you need for strong and effective storytelling.
Categories: Reference

Crafting Novels Short Stories

Crafting Novels   Short Stories

Crafting Novels The Complete Guide to Writing Great Fiction Short Stories From the editors of Writer's Digest Foreword by James Scott Bell Contents Foreword Introduction Focus on the Writing Life: GETTING STARTED.

Author: The Editors of Writer's Digest

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599635736

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 368

View: 746

Learn How to Create Stories That Captivate Agents, Editors, and Readers Alike! Inside you'll find the tools you need to build strong characters, keep your plots moving, master the art of dialogue, choose the right point of view, and more. This comprehensive book on the art of novel and short story writing is packed with advice and instruction from best-selling authors and writing experts like Nancy Kress, Elizabeth Sims, Hallie Ephron, N.M. Kelby, Heather Sellers, and Donald Maass, plus a foreword by James Scott Bell. You'll learn invaluable skills for mastering every area of the craft: • Define and refine your characters. • Make your plot and conflict high-energy and intense. • Hone your story's point of view. • Create a rich setting and backstory. • Craft dialogue that rings true. • Select the right words and descriptions throughout your story. • Revise your story to perfection. Throughout you'll find supplemental sections that cover special topics like getting started, beating writer's block, researching your work, and getting published. They'll help you integrate your skills into a balanced, productive, and fulfilling career. Whether you're writing flash fiction, a short story, a novel, or an epic trilogy, you'll come away with the tools you need for strong and effective storytelling.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Geographies of African American Short Fiction

The Geographies of African American Short Fiction

“Creating Your Story's Time & Place.” Crafting Novels & Short Stories: The Complete Guide to Writing Great Fiction. Writer's Digest Books, 2011. MacGregor, Morris J. Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940–1965. Center of Military History ...

Author: Kenton Rambsy

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781496838742

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 182

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Perhaps the brevity of short fiction accounts for the relatively scant attention devoted to it by scholars, who have historically concentrated on longer prose narratives. The Geographies of African American Short Fiction seeks to fill this gap by analyzing the ways African American short story writers plotted a diverse range of characters across multiple locations—small towns, a famous metropolis, city sidewalks, a rural wooded area, apartment buildings, a pond, a general store, a prison, and more. In the process, these writers highlighted the extents to which places and spaces shaped or situated racial representations. Presenting African American short story writers as cultural cartographers, author Kenton Rambsy documents the variety of geographical references within their short stories to show how these authors make cultural spaces integral to their artwork and inscribe their stories with layered and resonant social histories. The history of these short stories also documents the circulation of compositions across dozens of literary collections for nearly a century. Anthology editors solidified the significance of a core group of short story authors including James Baldwin, Toni Cade Bambara, Charles Chesnutt, Ralph Ellison, Zora Neale Hurston, and Richard Wright. Using quantitative information and an extensive literary dataset, The Geographies of African American Short Fiction explores how editorial practices shaped the canon of African American short fiction.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Developing Story Ideas

Developing Story Ideas

Crafting Novels & Short Stories: The Complete Guide to Writing Great Fiction. 2012. Browne, Renni and Dave King. Self Editing for Fiction Writers. 2004 (Full of excellent advice from two professional editors).

Author: Michael Rabiger

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317351474

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 218

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The vast majority of screenplay and writing books that focus on story development have little to say about the initial concept that inspired the piece. Developing Story Ideas: The Power and Purpose of Storytelling, Third Edition provides writers with ideational tools and resources to generate a wide variety of stories in a broad range of forms. Celebrated filmmaker and author Michael Rabiger demonstrates how to observe situations and themes in the writer’s own life experience, and use these as the basis for original storytelling. This new edition has been updated with chapters on adaptation, improvisation, and cast collaboration’s roles in story construction, as well as a companion website featuring further projects, class assignments, instructor resources, and more. Gain the practical tools and resources you need to spark your creativity and generate a wide variety of stories in a broad range of forms, including screenplays, documentaries, novels, short stories, and plays Through hands-on, step-by-step exercises and group and individual assignments, learn to use situations and themes from your own life experience, dreams, myth, and the news as the basis for character-driven storytelling; harness methods of screenplay format, dialogue, plot structure, and character development that will allow your stories to reach their fullest potential
Categories: Performing Arts

Fitzgerald s Craft of Short Fiction

Fitzgerald s Craft of Short Fiction

Introduction To judge from the current state of scholarship , one would hardly surmise that short stories loomed large in the literary career of F. Scott Fitzgerald . Every year much is written about his four completed novels ...

Author: Alice Hall Petry

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

ISBN: 0817305475

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 235

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Fitzgerald's Craft of Short Fiction offers the first comprehensive study of the four collections of short stories that F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) prepared for publication during his lifetime: Flappers and Philosophers (1920), Tales of the Jazz Age (1922), All the Sad Young Men (1926), and Taps at Reveille (1935). These authorized collections—which include works from the entire range of Fitzgerald's career, from his undergraduate days at Princeton to his final contributions to Esquire magazine—provide an ideal overview of his development as a short story writer. Originally published in 1989, this volume draws upon Fitzgerald's copious personal correspondence, biographical studies, and all available criticism, and analyzes how Fitzgerald perceived his achievements as a writer of short fiction from both artistic and commercial standpoints. Petry pays close attention to the individual stories, exploring how Fitzgerald's growing technical expertise and the evolution of his themes reflect changes in his personal life.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Art Craft of the Short Story

The Art   Craft of the Short Story

The Art & Craft of the Short Story explores every key element of short fiction, including story structure and form; creative and believable characters; how to begin and where to end; and the generation of ideas; as well as technical aspects ...

Author: Rick DeMarinis

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504036856

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 244

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The Art & Craft of the Short Story explores every key element of short fiction, including story structure and form; creative and believable characters; how to begin and where to end; and the generation of ideas; as well as technical aspects such as point of view; plot; description and imagery; and theme. Examples from the work of a wide variety are used. The author includes five of his own stories to demonstrate these topics.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Legendary Locals of Androscoggin County

Legendary Locals of Androscoggin County

A year later, he sold his first short story, “The Glass Floor,” to the magazine Startling Mystery Stories. ... at Hampden Academy, in Hampden, though he continued to write in his spare time, completing short stories and crafting novels.

Author: Maxwell Mogensen

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9781467100946

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 128

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In as much as it has endowed the region with a rich heritage, plentiful stories, and a host of colorful characters, history has been kind to Androscoggin County. But history can also be dark and uncanny, as when Francis E. Stanley, a Lewiston resident and inventor of an early steam-powered vehicle, died in an automobile accident. It can be eerie, like when his twin brother opened an enormous hotel--now purportedly home to his ghost--that became the inspiration for Stephen King's novel The Shining. These twists of fate begin to unravel the tale of Androscoggin County's legendary locals. Some, like Benjamin Bates and Edward Little, are remembered for the institutions they helped create. Others raised the hopes and spirits of their neighbors, like Joey Gamache, who won two boxing world titles in the early 1990s. Still others are remembered for the subtler ways they affected change, like Rita Dube, who saved Lewiston's St. Mary's Church from demolition and helped create the Franco-American Heritage Center. Some notable residents ascended to the highest offices of government, others to national fame, but many are remembered for the significant ways they shaped their communities, and Androscoggin County, from within.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Bloomsbury Handbook to Octavia E Butler

The Bloomsbury Handbook to Octavia E  Butler

From her novels to her short stories (she was far more comfortable crafting novels) Butler always skillfully presented characters, drew richly imagined and carefully honed plots, and exercised precision craftsmanship in working through ...

Author: Gregory J. Hampton

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350079649

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 312

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Octavia E. Butler is widely recognized today as one of the most important figures in contemporary science fiction. Bringing together leading and emerging scholars and covering Butler's complete works from the bestselling novel Kindred, to her short stories and major novel sequences Patternmaster, Xenogenesis and The Parables, this is the most comprehensive Companion to Butler scholarship available today. The Bloomsbury Handbook to Octavia E. Butler covers the full range of contemporary scholarly themes and approaches to the author's work, including: · Cyborgs and the posthuman · Race and African American history · Afrofuturism · Gender and sexuality · New perspectives from Religious Studies, the Environmental Humanities and Disability Studies · New discoveries from the Butler archives at the Huntington Library The book includes a comprehensive bibliography of works by Butler and secondary scholarship on her work as well as an afterword by the novelist Tananarive Due.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Crafting Dynamic Dialogue

Crafting Dynamic Dialogue

Crafting Dynamic Dialogue will give you the techniques and examples you need to impress your readers. This book is a comprehensive guide to writing compelling dialogue that rings true.

Author: Writer's Digest Books

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440345548

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

View: 646

Write authentic dialogue that invigorates your story! Exceptional dialogue isn't just important when writing fiction--it's essential. In order to impress an agent or editor and keep readers turning pages, you need to deliver truly standout dialogue in every scene. Crafting Dynamic Dialogue will give you the techniques and examples you need to impress your readers. This book is a comprehensive guide to writing compelling dialogue that rings true. Each section is packed with advice and instruction from best-selling authors and instructors like Nancy Kress, Elizabeth Sims, Steven James, Deborah Halverson, James Scott Bell, Donald Maass, Cheryl St. John, and many others. They'll show you how to: • Bend the rules to create a specific effect • Understand the role of dialogue in reader engagement • Use dialect and jargon effectively • Give every character a believable, unique voice • Set the pace and tone • Reveal specific character background details • Generate tension and suspense • Utilize internal dialogue Whether you're writing flash fiction, a short story, or a novel-length manuscript, Crafting Dynamic Dialogue will help you develop, write, and refine dialogue to keep your readers hooked.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Telling Stories Talking Craft

Telling Stories  Talking Craft

I took some of that aesthetic notion into writing a novel, and it's tricky. You can even make it a point that the perfection I'm talking about in the context of a short story actually has anti-novelistic qualities.

Author: Christopher Feliciano Arnold

Publisher: Parlor Press LLC

ISBN: 9781602351820

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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Telling Stories, Talking Craft is a collection of fifteen conversations with some of the finest contemporary fiction writers. These distinguished authors discuss their lives and their craft in candid, thought-provoking interviews from the pages of Sycamore Review, Purdue University’s international journal of literature, opinion and the arts.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines