Schaum's Quick Guide To Writing Great Short Stories

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Great short stories the Schaum's way

Write the kinds of stories that keep readers glued to the page from start to finish. Quickly and simply, this concise guide gives you clear explanations, proven tips and techniques—plus dozens of examples from well-known authors—that show you how to come up with dynamic ideas, create living, colorful characters, and develop a unique plot.

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Overview

Great short stories the Schaum's way

Write the kinds of stories that keep readers glued to the page from start to finish. Quickly and simply, this concise guide gives you clear explanations, proven tips and techniques—plus dozens of examples from well-known authors—that show you how to come up with dynamic ideas, create living, colorful characters, and develop a unique plot.

This simulating guide will help you to start confidently, write freely, finish strongly, and make the most of your talent.

Look to Schaum's Quick Guides for

  • Step-by-step guidance to help you move quickly through the essentials
  • Do's and don'ts for avoiding common errors
  • Clear explanations and practical how-to's
  • Checklists and exercises for fast skill-building
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Short but concise, this handy book offers a basic process and outline for writing short fiction. It covers everything from getting started to developing your individual voice as a writer. It even includes a quick guide for formatting and manuscript submission.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070390775
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/1998
  • Series: Quick Guides Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 500,003
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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Table of Contents

1 Writing a Short Story - Getting Started 1
2 Characters - How to Create People Who Live and Breathe on the Page 21
3 Conflict - How to Devise a Story That Readers Won't Want to Put Down 55
4 Plot and Structure - How to Shape Your Story and Keep It Moving Forward 69
5 Setting and Atmosphere - How to Bring Readers into a Vivid Story World 99
6 Narrative Voice - How to Develop Your Individual Voice As a Writer 121
App. A Suggested Reading - Exploring the Realm of Short Stories 143
App. B When Your Story Is Written - A Quick Guide to Submitting Manuscripts for Publication 147
App. C How to Format Your Manuscript 153
Index 157
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2004

    A GREAT BOOK THAT PROBABLY WON'T BE READ --

    I have a collection of ten 'How To' write books and 'Writing Great Short Stories' may be the best of the lot. I usually recommend the Gotham Writers' Workshop's 'Writing Fiction', but in some ways this book is better. Margaret Lucke is concise and precise, where other books tend to lecture or otherwise be wordy. Quite simply, she guides the writer through the Big Four of fiction writing: Character, Plot, Setting and Conflict. Then explains other elements like POV, Voice and Structure, etc. Ms. Lucke, a professional writer and educator, knows the writing scene, first-hand. She even includes an example of how to submit a professional manuscript to editors and publishing houses. However, if the naughty ol' cliché, 'You tell the book by its cover' needs proof, this book is it. The garish cover is distracting and embarrassing. The book should be sandwiched between 'How To Tune Up Your SUV' and 'Build Bigger & Better Birdhouses' in the Hobbies Section. Serious writing students won't pick this book up -- it's UGLY! ( I cut the cover off my copy ) Ms. Lucke has created a silk purse in a sow's ear. Oops -- that's another cliché . . .

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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