Short story publishing is flourishing in the twenty-first century and is no longer seen as a poor relation of the novel. But what is a short story? And how do you write one? Robert Graham takes you through everything...Show More
Short story publishing is flourishing in the twenty-first century and is no longer seen as a poor relation of the novel. But what is a short story? And how do you write one? Robert Graham takes you through everything you need to know, from how a writer works to crafting and editing your own fiction.
This heavily revised edition features new chapters by contemporary fiction writers. Stressing the importance of reading broadly and deeply, the book includes a wide range of prompts and writing exercises. It teaches you how to read as a writer and write like somebody who has read. You will learn the elements of craft you need to produce short stories, and one of the key writer’s disciplines: reflecting on your own work. Whether you are a student or an experienced author, this book will teach you how to write short stories – and reflect on the creative processes involved.
The book features chapters from writer-teachers James Friel, Rodge Glass, Ursula Hurley, Heather Leach, Helen Newall, Jenny Newman, James Rice and Tom Vowler.Show Less
Unique dual emphasis on the importance of developing good reading skills as well as good fiction writing skills
Accessible style with lots of helpful pedagogy
Features contributions which draw on specialist expertise in certain areas
Notes on Contributors.- Introduction,- PART I: HOW A WRITER WORKS.- 1. How A Writer Works.- 2. Writing habits.- 3. Making Notes.- 4. Keeping Journals.- 5. How To Read As A Writer
7. Reflection.- PART II: HOW TO WRITE SHORT STORIES.- 8. What Is A Short Story?.- 9. Point of View.- 10. Characterisation.- 11. Plot.- 12. Scenes.- 13. Dialogue.- 14. Setting.- 15. Description.- 16. Style.- PART III: HOW TO REDRAFT.- 17. Editing.- 18. Page Design.- 19. Peer Appraisal.- 20. Writers' Workshops.- 21. Revising.- PART IV: HOW TO MANAGE FICTIONAL TIME.- 22. Some Notes on Handling Time In Fiction.- 23. Crossing Timelines and Breaking Rules.- 24. Foreshadowing.- 25. Transitions.- PART V: HOW TO GO THE DISTANCE.- 26. Finding An Audience.- Publishing Outlets.- Fiction Writers' Bookshelf.- Writers' Websites.- Bibliography.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
- A Brief History of English Literature John Peck, Martin Coyle
- Postcolonial Literature Justin D. Edwards
- How to Write A Short Story (And Think About It) Robert Graham
- The Magic of Writing Adrian May
- A History of English Literature Michael Alexander
- Little Goody Two-Shoes and Other Stories Matthew Grenby
- Selected Tales for Children and Young People Susan Manly, Maria Edgeworth
- Writing Song Lyrics Glenn Fosbraey, Andy Melrose
- The Instinctive Screenplay Sam North
- Writing for the Screen Craig Batty, Zara Waldeback
- Writing Speculative Fiction Eugen Bacon
- Virginia Woolf - Mrs Dalloway Michael Whitworth