Book: Reading a Writer's Mind - Exploring Short Fiction - First Thought to Finished Story by Linda Acastercategories: Book, How-To, Short Fiction, Short Stories, Writers' Resource, Horror, Romance, SF, Historical, How To Write a Story
Linda Acasterabout this book: An inspirational how-to from the writer of 70+ published short stories, 4 novels, and a plethora of articles for writing journals on both sides of the Atlantic. This book doesn't just tell you how a story should be written, but actually shows you through the dissection of 10 stories.
Covering genres such as mainstream, horror, women's fiction, twist-in-the-tail, romance, crime, SF, historical and more, sections include:
* Lyrical narrative v terse dialogue; using tone as a descriptive tool
* Characterisation through deed and thought
* A calendar structure using the Tell technique
* The importance of pacing, and of duping the reader
* The use of alliteration, rhythm and subliminal detailing
* Using the Show technique to elicit an emotional response
* Building fiction from a given line using an unsympathetic narrator
* Working with a parallel storyline via past and present tense
* Making the everyday fantastical by preying on insecurities
* Writing for performance and sound effects
* Editing: ten common problems
Also available as a paperback in spring 2013.
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