Creating Short Fiction: The Classic Guide to Writing Short Fiction

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Macmillan, Mar 15, 1997 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 209 pages

Distilled from decades of teaching and practice, this book offers clear and direct advice on structure, pacing, dialogue, getting ideas, working with the unconscious, and more. Newly revised and expanded for this Third Edition, Creating Short Fiction is a popular and widely trusted guide to writing short stories of originality, durability, and quality. Celebrated short-story author and writing instructor Knight also includes many examples and exercises that have been effective in classrooms and workshops everywhere.

 

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I felt like less went over my head than it did years ago when I read it the first time, and that makes me happy, like I'm smarter or more perceptive now. Simple, practical and insightful writing advice. Read full review

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Damon Knight created SFWA--the professional organization for science fiction and fantasy writers--and co-founded both the Milford and Clarion writing workshops, and was a very fine author and critic ... Read full review

Contents

List of Exercises
1
You Are Extraordinary
9
Getting out of Stage 113
13
Hearing
19
Collaborating with Fred
23
Collaborating with Fred
26
Getting Ideas
31
Emotion
44
May Have Your Attention Please
143
Information
149
Compression
153
Setting As Mood
159
Dialogue
167
What to Do When Youre Stuck
173
Dealing with Editors
179
Cutting
180

Story Building
57
Situation
91
When Is a Story Ready to Begin?
105
Character
112
Openings
122
Viewpoint and Person
137
Your Byline
183
Slumps
189
What Should You Read?
197
About the Author
210
Copyright

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Damon Knight earned his reputation as a modern master of the short story with such classics as "I See You," "The Handler," "To Serve Man," and "The Country of the Kind." He and his wife, Kate Wilhelm, taught short-story writing at the Clarion Workshop for almost thirty years, during which time he worked with many of today's prominent writers. Knight has also received the C.E.S. Wood Award and the SFWA Grand Master Award for his writing.

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