A Short Story Writers Companion

Paperback | December 15, 2000

byTom Bailey

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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 worksin 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 offiction: 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 elementssuccessfully. 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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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 worksin writing short stories, what doesn't, and w...

Tom Bailey is at Susquehanna College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 5.2 × 7.99 × 0.59 inPublished:December 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195135555

ISBN - 13:9780195135558

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsPART ONE: FICTIONAL TRUTH AND SIGNIFICANT DETAILFictional TruthSignificant DetailThe Abstract Versus the Concrete: Student Example: PART TWO: THE ELEMENTS OF THE SHORT STORY AND ADVICE ON TECHNIQUE"We Are Our Desires": CharacterRound Versus Flat Characters: Characterization: Dialogue: Writing Exercises: The Eye of the Story: Point of ViewFirst Person: Second Person: Third Person: Writing Exercises: The "Why?" Behind the Power of Plot: Shaping the Short StoryMotivation: Conflict, Climax, and Resolution: Story Versus Plot: Plotting Short Stories Versus Plotting Novels: Meaning: Writing Exercises: "The Lesser Angels of Fiction": Setting and TimeSetting: Time: Writing Exercises: "The Connectedness of All Living Things": MetaphorThe Writer's Muscle: Figurative Language: A Word of Advice About the "Fancy Stuff": Writing Exercises: The Writer's Signature: VoiceVoice: Style: Language: Sentences: Paragraphs: Writing Exercises: PART THREE: NOTS ON THE FICTION-WRITING PROCESSWrite a Short Story!How to Begin: Drafting: Rewriting: "The Habit of Writing" by Andre DubusPolishing: Galleys for "Snow Dreams" by Tom Bailey "Snow Dreams" by Tom BaileyA Last Companionable WordWorks ConsultedIndex

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"A remarkable work--very insightful and honest."--Brian J. Benson, North Carolina A and T University