Reading A Writer's Mind: Exploring Short Fiction - First Thought to Finished Story

Reading A Writer's Mind: Exploring Short Fiction - First Thought to Finished Story

by Linda Acaster


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...great coaching advice... ...a must for all creative writers...

From initial idea, through the story itself, to a commentary explaining the decisions made during the creative process, Reading A Writer's Mind sets out the detailed thinking behind the writing of ten stories across a range of genres:

* Lyrical narrative v terse dialogue; using tone as a descriptive tool (Mainstream)

* Characterisation through deed and thought (Horror)

* A calendar structure using the Tell technique (Women's Fiction)

* The importance of pacing, and of duping the reader (Twist in the Tail)

* The use of alliteration, rhythm and subliminal detailing (Romance)

* Using the Show technique to elicit an emotional response (Drama)

* Building fiction using an unsympathetic narrator (Crime)

* Working with parallel storylines via past and present tense (SF)

* Conjuring the weird from the everyday (Fantasy)

* Writing for performance and sound effects (Historical)

* Editing: ten common problems explored

Linda Acaster is the author of 70+ published short stories, five novels, and a host of articles on the techniques of writing fiction. A past tutor for a UK distance learning college and a reader for a leading London literary consultancy, her instructional articles on the techniques of creating fiction have appeared in writers' journals in the UK and USA. Exploring Short Fiction - First Thought To Finished Story is the first in the Reading a Writer's Mind series.

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ISBN-13: 9781484179734
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/29/2013
Series: Reading A Writer's Mind , #1
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.46(d)

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