Creating Short Fiction

Offers tips on choosing characters, locations, viewpoint, and style, developing an idea into a story, creating realisitic dialogue, and overcoming the technical problems of writing fiction

Author: Damon Knight

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: PSU:000010873618

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Offers tips on choosing characters, locations, viewpoint, and style, developing an idea into a story, creating realisitic dialogue, and overcoming the technical problems of writing fiction
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Taking the Short Tack Creating Income and Connecting with Readers Using Short Fiction

Payback Mark has had great success creating income from audio versions of his short fiction using Findaway Voices. He has the benefit of having both the technical set-up and the performance skills to produce and narrate his own audio, ...

Author: Matty Dalrymple

Publisher: William Kingsfield Publishers

ISBN:

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 172

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Are you a short fiction writer wondering what opportunities are open to you? Are you a long-form fiction writer wondering if short fiction is worth the investment of your time? Short fiction is enjoying a resurgence and provides both independently and traditionally published authors opportunities for creating income and connecting with readers. Matty Dalrymple and Mark Leslie Lefebvre will show you where those opportunities lie and how to take advantage of them. CREATING INCOME Traditional Publishing Market Anthologies & Collections Mechanics of Indy Anthologies Standalone e-books e-book Collections Serials Foreign Language Markets Audio Patron Support Getting Unstuck CONNECTING WITH READERS Offering Your Story for Free Reader Funnel Reader Magnet Video Author Readings Market Research Flash Fiction and Micro-Fiction Chapbooks Bonus Material Custom Story Location-based Apps When the Reader Is an Agent BEST PRACTICES Editing and Proofreading Cover Design Links and QR Codes Being an Active Member of the Community Create Once, Publish Everywhere Matty Dalrymple is the author of the Ann Kinnear Suspense Novels and Suspense Shorts and the Lizzy Ballard Thrillers. She writes, speaks, consults, and podcasts on independent publishing as The Indy Author™. Mark Leslie Lefebvre (as Mark Leslie) has authored numerous horror short stories and edited horror anthologies. He writes, speaks, consults, and podcasts on topics related to writing, publishing, and bookselling. He was the founder of Kobo Writing Life and is the Director of Business Development at Draft2Digital.
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Style and Rhetoric of Short Narrative Fiction

concerns of the narrative is typically accompanied by increasing aesthetic appreciation of the author's artistry in subtly creating the dual dynamics. DIFFERENT TYPES OF SHARED READING While being aware that for some readers of some ...

Author: Dan Shen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136202421

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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In many fictional narratives, the progression of the plot exists in tension with a very different and powerful dynamic that runs, at a hidden and deeper level, throughout the text. In this volume, Dan Shen systematically investigates how stylistic analysis is indispensable for uncovering this covert progression through rhetorical narrative criticism. The book brings to light the covert progressions in works by the American writers Edgar Allan Poe, Stephan Crane and Kate Chopin and British writer Katherine Mansfield.
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Ideas and Tips on Writing Short Fiction

Ideas and Tips on Writing Short Fiction is a "How-to" book that provides the reader with practical advice on how to create sellable works of short fiction, and follows up with examples of practical application.This is a fast-paced, no ...

Author: E. J. Anonymity

Publisher:

ISBN: 1521403554

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Page: 28

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Ideas and Tips on Writing Short Fiction is a "How-to" book that provides the reader with practical advice on how to create sellable works of short fiction, and follows up with examples of practical application.This is a fast-paced, no-nonsense guide to writing short stories and micro-fiction that sells.If you are looking for a book that not only tells you what to do, but shows you how to do it with practical examples, then this is the book for you.
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Short Fiction Basics

Chapter II ⎯ CREATING A CHARACTER General: 1. Characters should have a personality with likes and dislikes. 2. They should have an ego with — aspirations and desires 3. They should also have a self-image of themselves — the one that ...

Author: Herbert R. Metoyer Jr.

Publisher: Cane River Media

ISBN:

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Page: 60

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This little booklet was prepared to get beginners started in the right direction. It is by no mean, a complete reference and does not address the many variations used in fiction writing. It, also, is not a substitute for talent. Yet, it is a super condensed overview of the art. Included also, are samples of various methods for writing dialog with some grammar and punctuation guidelines. For this reason, several well established authors claim that they never write without this book close at hand. For those of you who are serious about writing fiction, I highly recommend that you explore the subject in depth. There are thousands of books on the market devoted to this subject. The references we rely on are listed in the back of this book. They may be purchased at your local bookstore, or from the "Writer's Digest," a well-established periodical that every aspiring writer should subscribe to. Although our focus here is on fiction, everything in this book applies equally to non-fiction. If you apply these principles, they will go a long way toward enhancing the readability of your work. We welcome any comments or constructive criticism that will enable us to better serve our members, community, and nation. Herbert R. Metoyer, Jr.
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Short Stories and Short Fictions 1880 1980

So he turns to short fiction, which is less closely involved, structurally and thematically, with the processes of time and with relations of cause and effect. Within the form of the short fiction Borges attempts to create circular ...

Author: C. Hanson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349176854

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 189

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Quickies Writing Short Fiction for the Romance Market

Author Deborah Hale “A practical and easytoread guide for writing short romantic fiction. ... G. Veronica Purcell “The Short Plot Method in Quickies works with the writing basics as a useful tool to create short, enjoyable romances.

Author: Nancy Cassidy

Publisher: A Red Pen Coach Production

ISBN: 9780988048874

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 60

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So you have a great idea for a romance, but you want to keep it short? There’s a large market today for short romantic fiction, especially in the virtual, electronic marketplace. People want to read something while they sit on the bus or ride the train to work. Something that is short, easy to read, but will make them feel good, the way romance novels do. Keeping it brief without losing that level of emotional connection can be hard, but there are ways to make sure your book is a satisfying romance read, even with a limited number of words. You can learn to plan and write a story that will make your readers look for more. Here are some of the things you’ll learn in Quickies: Writing Short Fiction for the Romance Market: The History of the Short Story; Understanding Your Niche; The Craft of Writing Short Romance; Use Writing Exercises Layering; Precision Writing­ Written by Freelance Editor and Writing Coach, Nancy Cassidy
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A Study of Place in Short Fiction by James Joyce William Faulkner and Sherwood Anderson

In the novel you can be careless but in the short story you can't. ... story cycle as we saw in the previous two chapters) results in paradox and ambiguity and demands participation in creating and constructing the meaning of a text.

Author: Abd Alkareem Atteh

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527568334

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 158

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This book sheds light on the modernist short story cycle and its pivotal role in representing and depicting place. With an ever-changing attitude towards place and what it means, modernist writers found in the short story cycle a suitable form to depict this sense of change. Drawing from a range of recent theories of the short story cycle and theories of place, this book highlights, in a comparative way, the role of the emergent short story genre and its seminal role in grasping and capturing a fragmented world through the various short and interconnected narratives and narrative strategies a short story cycle can accommodate. As such, this text contributes to the study of the modernist short story (cycle), American literature, Irish literature, comparative literature, and theories and studies of place.
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The Art of Brevity

Though Anglo-American scholars have served as the primary developers of contemporary short story theory since the field's inception in the 1960s, this volume adds the contributions of scholars living in other parts of the world.

Author: Per Winther

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 1570035571

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 212

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The Art of Brevity gathers fresh ideas about the theory and writing of short fiction from around the globe to produce an international, inclusive exploration of the steadily growing field of short story studies. Though Anglo-American scholars have served as the primary developers of contemporary short story theory since the field's inception in the 1960s, this volume adds the contributions of scholars living in other parts of the world. Such Anglo-American pioneers as Mary Rohrberger, Charles May, Susan Lohafer, and John Gerlach join with short fiction scholars at universities in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Canada to build academic bridges and expand the field, geographically as well as conceptually. Contributors to the volume weave together themes of time, space, compression, mystery, reader response, and narrative closure. They discuss writers as varied as Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Sarah Orne Jewett, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Ernest Hemingway, Mavis Gallant, Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty, Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, and Robert Olen Butler. the nineteenth-century queer short story, and contemporary Danish short shorts.
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British Short Fiction in the Early Nineteenth Century

Notable serial contributions of short fiction included Hogg's The Shepherd's Calendar (serialised 1819–28, collected in ... magazines that Robert Marler argues were so influential in creating a new kind of short fiction in the 1850s.

Author: Tim Killick

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317171461

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

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In spite of the importance of the idea of the 'tale' within Romantic-era literature, short fiction of the period has received little attention from critics. Contextualizing British short fiction within the broader framework of early nineteenth-century print culture, Tim Killick argues that authors and publishers sought to present short fiction in book-length volumes as a way of competing with the novel as a legitimate and prestigious genre. Beginning with an overview of the development of short fiction through the late eighteenth century and analysis of the publishing conditions for the genre, including its appearance in magazines and annuals, Killick shows how Washington Irving's hugely popular collections set the stage for British writers. Subsequent chapters consider the stories and sketches of writers as diverse as Mary Russell Mitford and James Hogg, as well as didactic short fiction by authors such as Hannah More, Maria Edgeworth, and Amelia Opie. His book makes a convincing case for the evolution of short fiction into a self-conscious, intentionally modern form, with its own techniques and imperatives, separate from those of the novel.
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Creating a Genre

Author: Robert Anson Heinlein

Publisher:

ISBN: 1897350384

Category: Science fiction, American

Page: 422

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2009 Novel Short Story Writer s Market

On writing itself, I always recommend Damon Knight's Creating Short Fiction for studying the craft of the short story and Robin Wilson's Those Who Can anthology for aspiring science fiction writers. And Strunk & White's Elements of ...

Author: Editors Of Writers Digest Books

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781582976624

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 656

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For 28 years, Novel & Short Story Writer's Market has been the only resource of its kind exclusively for fiction writers. Covering all genres from romance to mystery to horror and more, this resource helps you prepare your submissions and sell your work. This must-have guide includes listings for over 1,300 book publishers, magazines, literary agents, writing contests and conferences, each containing current contact information, editorial needs, schedules and guidelines that save you time and take the guesswork out of the submission process. With more than 100 pages of listings for literary journals alone and another 100 pages of book publishers, plus special sections dedicated to the genres of romance, mystery/thriller, speculative fiction, and comics/graphic novels, the 2009 edition of this essential resource is your key to successfully selling your fiction.
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2009 Novel Short Story Writer s Market Articles

On writing itself, I always recommend Damon Knight's Creating Short Fiction for studying the craft of the short story and Robin Wilson's Those Who Can anthology for aspiring science fiction writers. And Strunk & White's Elements of ...

Author: Editors Of Writers Digest Books

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781582976648

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 656

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For 28 years, Novel & Short Story Writer's Market has been the only resource of its kind exclusively for fiction writers. Covering all genres from romance to mystery to horror and more, this resource helps you prepare your submissions and sell your work. This must-have guide includes listings for over 1,300 book publishers, magazines, literary agents, writing contests and conferences, each containing current contact information, editorial needs, schedules and guidelines that save you time and take the guesswork out of the submission process. With more than 100 pages of listings for literary journals alone and another 100 pages of book publishers, plus special sections dedicated to the genres of romance, mystery/thriller, speculative fiction, and comics/graphic novels, the 2009 edition of this essential resource is your key to successfully selling your fiction.
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Writing Fiction

D. Knight, Creating Short Fiction (New York: St Martin's Griffin, 1997), p. 156. S. Beckett, http://samuelbeckett.net/ S. Stein, Stein on Writing (New York: St Martin's Press, 1995), p. 281. C. S. Lewis quoted in Knight, Creating Short ...

Author: Amanda Boulter

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137021519

Category: Reference

Page: 224

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Exploring writing as a practice, Boulter draws from the work of writers and theorists to show how cultural and literary debates can help writers enhance their own fiction. Negotiating the creative-critical crossover, this is an approachable book that helps students develop practical writing skills and a critical awareness of creative possibilities.
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The Art of Character

This is a how-to guide for both aspiring and accomplished writers that renders all other books of its kind obsolete.

Author: David Corbett

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101602997

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 416

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Former private investigator and New York Times notable author David Corbett offers a unique and indispensable toolkit for creating characters that come vividly to life on the page and linger in memory. Corbett provides an inventive, inspiring, and vastly entertaining blueprint to all the elements of characterization-from initial inspiration to realization-with special insights into the power of secrets and contradictions, the embodiment of roles, managing the "tyranny of motive," and mastering crucial techniques required for memorable dialogue and unforgettable scenes. This is a how-to guide for both aspiring and accomplished writers that renders all other books of its kind obsolete.
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The Creative Writing Handbook

Unit 4 : Creating a Short Story Writing short fiction can sometimes be more difficult than writing narratives . In traditional short stories , you need to understand the points of view and story structure . Through short stories , you ...

Author: Jay Amberg

Publisher: Good Year Books

ISBN: 067336013X

Category: Authorship

Page: 143

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Educational resource for teachers, parents and kids!
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Materiality in Modernist Short Fiction

More specifically, I suggest that Djuna Barnes, Katherine Mansfield, and Jean Rhys use the short story form to evoke the material world as material, that is, felt, lived, and sensed, and thereby to create potential spaces for ...

Author: Laura Oulanne

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000388497

Category: Literary Criticism

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Materiality in Modernist Short Fiction provides a fresh approach to reading material things in modern fiction, accounting for the interplay of the material and the cultural. This volume investigates how Djuna Barnes, Katherine Mansfield, and Jean Rhys use the short story form to evoke the material world as both living and lived, and how the spaces they create for challenging gendered social norms can also be nonanthropocentric spaces for encounters between the human and the nonhuman. Using the unique knowledge created by literary works to spark new conversations between phenomenology, cognitive studies, and new materialisms, complemented with a feminist perspective, this book explores how literature can touch the basic experience of being in, feeling and making sense of a material world that is itself alive and active. From a sensitive reading of how three women used the material world to make their readers see, feel, and question the norms shaping our experience, this volume draws a theory of reading affective materiality that illuminates modernism and the short story form but also reaches beyond them.
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Faulkner s Short Fiction

Perhaps they derive in part from the greater distancing and detachment from his raw materials that the more complex process of creating a novel helped Faulkner to attain . Hence , the short fiction may more obviously reflect Faulkner's ...

Author: James Ferguson

Publisher: Univ. of Tennessee Press

ISBN: 0870496956

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 238

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This comprehensive overview of William Faulkner's short fiction is a systematic study of this body of work, which Faulkner produced over a period of forty years. The author examines Faulkner's struggle to master the special problems posed by the genre. The book is organized topically. A chronological survey of Faulkner's career as a writer of short fiction is followed by chapters devoted to aspects of Faulkner's craft: thematic patterns, points of view, and other technical and formal patterns. The author offers a frank assessment of Faulkner's failures and successes as a writer of short fiction.
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Moving On

Jumping 'up' from short fiction to a novel is most often a question of greater scale and stamina; a writer accustomed to creating short fiction, for example, might be disciplined to working to a tight schedule of, say, 2,000 words, ...

Author: Della Galton

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781908192424

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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You are writing and selling short stories but you want to take the next step and write a novel. Della Galton, author of the successful writing guide How To Write and Sell Short Stories, shows you how to make the leap in this step-by-step guide. Using examples from her own successful career as writer of hundreds of published short stories and two novels, Della shows the critical differences between developing character, plot and setting in short and long fiction. The essential book to help take your writing to the next level.
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The Very Best of Fantasy Science Fiction Volume 2

His many books include Why Do Birds; Humpty Dumpty: An Oval; In Search of Wonder; Creating Short Fiction; and The Futurians. Among the many works of short fiction he published are several classic short-short tales, such as “The Handler ...

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Tachyon Publications

ISBN: 9781616961862

Category: Fiction

Page: 999

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A mutant baby goes on a rampage through Central Park. An immigrant reveals secrets in the folds of a perfect gift. Lucky Cats extend their virtual paws to salute a generous revolution. The Internet invades a third-world village. The premier speculative-fiction magazine Fantasy & Science Fiction continues to discover and showcase many of the most inventive authors writing in any genre. Now drawing even more deeply upon F&SF’s impressive history, this extraordinary companion anthology expands upon sixty-five years’ worth of top-notch storytelling. The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Volume Two is a star-studded tribute to the continuing vision of F&SF.
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