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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

How to Write A Short Story (And Think About It)

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9781137517067
Publication Date July 2017
Formats Paperback Ebook Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave

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.

Robert Graham is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University, UK.  His short stories have been widely published and broadcast on BBC Radio 4.  He is the author of two short story collections, a novella, a novel and The Road to Somewhere: A Creative Writing Companion (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

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
6. Research
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.

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