Write Short Stories - and Get Them Published

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  • Copyright: 2016-01-26
  • Publisher: Quercus

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An experienced short story writer offers practical exercises and advice Ideal for anyone who wants to write creatively in a genre that is increasingly attracting attention from publishers, this guide will help writers unlock imagination and creativity, and discover stories they didn't know they had. It teaches writers how to observe the world around them more sharply, as well as to structure, shape, and polish a story. It is full of practical exercises that will inspire imagination and refine skills, and confidence-building suggestions and hints. It also offers strategies and techniques for securing a readership or even a publisher, and gives the very latest information on how to use the internet for maximum advantage.

Author Biography

Zoe Fairbairns is a short story writer whose work has been published in such magazines as Cosmopolitan and The Yellow Room. She has contributed to two collections of feminist short stories and to several anthologies. She teaches short story writing.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. x
Only got a minute?p. xii
Where do I begin?p. 1
What you needp. 10
So what do writers need?p. 11
Do writers need specialist equipment?p. 17
What else does a writer need?18
What do short story writers need?p. 18
The little black dressp. 21
What has a little black dress got to do with writing short stories?p. 21
The little black dress: early examplesp. 22
Another way to dress up your little black dressp. 25
More accessories for your little black dressp. 27
Whose story is this?p. 29
Point of viewp. 29
Choosing your point of viewp. 33
Intensityp. 43
How to achieve intensityp. 43
Some dos and don'tsp. 45
Enjoyp. 52
Warming upp. 53
Reading as a writerp. 54
Which short stories should you read?p. 57
Size mattersp. 62
How to write a story of a particular lengthp. 63
Keeping it shortp. 66
Longer short storiesp. 69
Finding the plotp. 73
When to plotp. 74
Elements of plottingp. 75
To plan or not to plan?p. 79
Short story structuresp. 82
Narrative arcp. 82
Predicament/resolution (but with camouflage)p. 83
Circlesp. 85
A journeyp. 85
Picturesp. 86
Ripplesp. 87
Listsp. 87
The hero's adventurep. 88
The endp. 89
The people in your storiesp. 93
One character at a timep. 94
Show, don't tellp. 95
Get physicalp. 96
Give your characters things to dop. 98
Use yourself as a characterp. 98
Allow for change and developmentp. 99
Use contradictions and contrastsp. 100
Avoid stereotypesp. 100
Let them talkp. 101
Dialoguep. 103
Direct and indirect speechp. 103
How can you learn more about writing dialogue?p. 110
You can't believe a word they say-the role of unreliable narratorsp. 119
What is an unreliable narrator?p. 120
Creating an unreliable narratorp. 123
Creating an unreliable narrator-other approachesp. 124
Documentary storiesp. 127
What is a documentary short story?p. 128
Fantasy and the supernaturalp. 135
Magical realismp. 136
Other tales of the supernatural: fairy tales and fablesp. 138
The horror, the horrorp. 140
Ghost storiesp. 141
Science fiction and fantasyp. 142
What's the point?p. 143
Researchp. 146
Researching what you knowp. 147
Researching what you half-knowp. 149
Researching what you don't knowp. 151
When should you do your research?p. 152
Do not skip this chapterp. 155
Getting it rightp. 157
Revisions, revisionsp. 162
Publishing your storiesp. 172
What does 'being professional'mean?p. 173
Approaching publishersp. 174
Should i send my stories in for competitions?p. 177
What about Internet publishing?p. 178
Self-publishingp. 179
Short stories on the radiop. 181
Public readingsp. 181
Why?p. 183
Taking it furtherp. 189
Books about writingp. 189
Books about getting publishedp. 189
For referencep. 189
Magazines for writersp. 190
Websites for short story writersp. 190
Indexp. 191
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