Schaum's Quick Guide To Writing Great Short Stories / Edition 1by Margaret Lucke
Pub. Date: 10/01/1998
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
This guide to writing compelling, memorable short stories gives you all the essentials without wasted words. It tells you how and where to get ideas, how to establish and sustain excitement, how to create live, colorful characters, and how to plot, develop and bring home your story. It even includes exercises to help you perfect your story-telling skills. Full of tips and techniques that work, it makes an indispensable, reliable collaborator. You'll find it ideal whether you're studying alone or supplementing a creative or fiction writing course, conference or workshop.
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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 . . .