A Short Story Writer's Companion / Edition 1

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Overview

Ideal for anyone interested in writing short stories or for introductory courses in fiction writing, A Short Story Writer's Companion is a highly accessible guide to the craft of creating short fiction. Written in an engaging style, this book enables beginning writers to recognize what works in writing short stories, what doesn't, and why. Part One of A Short Story Writer's Companion discusses fictional truth and significant detail, helping students of the form to make good sense of the often taught creative writing maxim, "Show, don't tell!" Part Two delves into the elements of fiction: character, point of view, plot, setting and time, metaphor, and voice. The author uses specific examples from a variety of widely anthologized short stories to demonstrate how each component functions as a part of the whole and offers advice on the techniques of using each of the elements successfully. Part Three closely examines the fiction-writing process and helps guide writers who may never have written a short story before through drafting, revising, and polishing short stories of their own.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195135558
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,033,353
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Susquehanna University
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Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgments
PART ONE: FICTIONAL TRUTH AND SIGNIFICANT DETAIL
Fictional Truth Significant Detail
The Abstract Versus the Concrete
Student Example
PART TWO: THE ELEMENTS OF THE SHORT STORY AND ADVICE ON TECHNIQUE
"We Are Our Desires": Character
Round Versus Flat Characters
Characterization
Dialogue
Writing Exercises
The Eye of the Story: Point of View
First Person
Second Person
Third Person
Writing Exercises
The "Why?" Behind the Power of Plot: Shaping the Short Story
Motivation
Conflict, Climax, and Resolution
Story Versus Plot
Plotting Short Stories Versus Plotting Novels
Meaning
Writing Exercises
"The Lesser Angels of Fiction": Setting and Time
Setting
Time
Writing Exercises
"The Connectedness of All Living Things": Metaphor
The Writer's Muscle
Figurative Language
A Word of Advice About the "Fancy Stuff"
Writing Exercises
The Writer's Signature: Voice
Voice
Style
Language
Sentences
Paragraphs
Writing Exercises
PART THREE: NOTS ON THE FICTION-WRITING PROCESS
Write a Short Story!
How to Begin
Drafting
Rewriting
"The Habit of Writing" by Andre Dubus
Polishing
Galleys for "Snow Dreams" by Tom Bailey
"Snow Dreams" by Tom Bailey A Last Companionable Word Works Consulted Index

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