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Writing short stories : a writers' and artists' companion
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Newland, Courttia, author.
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Publication Information:
London Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.
Physical Description:
xi, 286 pages ; 20 cm.
Summary:
This book is an essential guide to writing short fiction successfully. Part 1 explores the nature and history of the genre and helps you get started with ideas, planning and research. Part 2 includes tips by leading short story writers, including: Courttia Newland, Helen Simpson, Colette Paul, Ali Smith, A L Kennedy, Shelley Weiner, Rukhsana Ahmed, Georgina Hammick, Elena Lappin, Lynne Bryan, Sue Gee, Jean McNeil and more. Part 3 contains practical advice - from shaping plots and exploring your characters to beating writers' block, rewriting and publishing your stories.
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English
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ISBN:
9781408130803
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Book

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Writing Short Stories: A Writers' and Artists' Companion is an essential guide to writing short fiction successfully.

PART 1 explores the nature and history of the form, personal reflections by the editors, and help getting started with ideas, planning and research.

PART 2 includes tips by leading short story writers, including: Alison Moore, Jane Rogers, Edith Pearlman, David Vann, Anthony Doerr, Vanessa Gebbie, Alexander MacLeod, Adam Thorpe and Elspeth Sandys.

PART 3 contains practical advice - from shaping plots and exploring your characters to beating writers' block, rewriting and publishing your stories.


Author Notes

Jane Rogers has written five novels & the script for the BBC adaptation of "Mr. Wroe's Virgins," directed by Danny Boyle & starring Minnie Driver & Jonathan Pryce. Her "Living Image" won the Somerset Maugham Award, & "Promised Lands" won the Writers Guild Award for best novel. She lives in Lancashire, England.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Table of Contents

Kate Clanchy
Forewordp. viii
Prefacep. x
Part 1 The history of the short story: Taniap. 3
Crime, tricks and tales: genre and the short story: Courttiap. 15
The shorter end of short stories - boundaries with poetry: Taniap. 26
Stories: those little slices of life: Courttiap. 30
Reflections on writing and on books on writing: Taniap. 44
Reflections on the what, when, how, why and where of it for me: Taniap. 50
Reflections on the evolution of a short story: Courttiap. 62
The evolution of a short story: 'Under the Tree': Taniap. 70
Reflections: permission and risk: Taniap. 83
Part 2 Jenn Ashworthp. 89
Julia Bellp. 90
Anthony Doerrp. 92
Vanessa Gebbiep. 94
Tom Leep. 96
Toby Littp. 97
Alexander MacLeodp. 101
Alison MacLeodp. 102
James Millerp. 104
Alison Moore Ryan O'Neillp. 107
Edith Pearlmanp. 109
Jane Rogersp. 110
Henrietta Rose-Innesp. 111
Elspeth Sandysp. 113
Olive Seniorp. 114
Di Speirsp. 115
Adam Thorpep. 117
David Vannp. 119
Clare Wigfellp. 121
Part 3 A note on craft and critique: writing is not a democracy: Taniap. 127
From beginning to end: Courttiap. 130
Where to start - ideas and inspiration: Taniap. 141
Where to start: titles, beginnings and endings: Taniap. 146
Movement and syncopation in fiction: writing the long short story: Courttiap. 157
Plot versus story - where's the tension?: Taniap. 166
Editing and revising: Courttiap. 169
Tenses: Taniap. 175
Step into a world - thoughts on structure: Courttiap. 178
Structure and how to use it: Taniap. 184
What gets left out and minimalism: Taniap. 187
Speaking their minds - character and voice: Courttiap. 193
Writing flash fiction, liberation through constraint: Taniap. 198
A brief history of time in the short story: Taniap. 203
Another perspective - point of view in the story: Courttiap. 207
Voice and dialogue, using scenes: Taniap. 211
Experimenting and experimental short stories: Taniap. 216
Close reading of 'Between My Father and the King' by Janet Frame: Taniap. 220
Publishing short stories: Taniap. 232
Short story competitions - how to make your story stand out: Taniap. 238
Harvesting - on writing your collection: Courttiap. 243
Short story collections - haw do they work and how to get one published?: Taniap. 250
60 favourite short stories: Tania and Courttiap. 254
50 favourite collections: Tania and Courttiap. 256
Bibliographyp. 258
Indexp. 275