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Art and Craft of the Short Story - 00 edition

by Rick DeMarinis

Art and Craft of the Short Story (ISBN10: 1884910459; ISBN13: 9781884910456)
ISBN13: 978-1884910456
ISBN10: 1884910459

Summary: When the editors of Story Press looked for an author to write the definitive book on the short story, they searched for someone who is a master of the form.

We were delighted that Rick DeMarinis, one of the most well-published and respected contemporary fiction writers and teachers agreed to write it. We are now delighted to offer this book to you.

DeMarinis explores every key element of writing the short story, including how to:

Gener moreate, assess, and develop story ideas
Handle structure, characterization, and point of view
Meet the form's special needs for compression, focus and unity
Understand the nature of beginnings and endings
Develop and polish stories through revision

He covers each subject with the wisdom gained from working in this form for more than 25 years. He uses dozens of examples from classic short stories to develop his instruction and includes exercises in every chapter to help you apply the instruction to your own work. Five of his published stories appear in their entirety, allowing you to follow the creative process step by step.

The advice is presented in a voice filled with wit and candor. You feel as if you are speaking one-on-one with a mentor who provides clear guidance and yet allows you plenty of room for discovery. DeMarinis believes each story requires discovery, that new rules are created each time a story unfolds.

In his years of teaching, he has helped hundreds of students in some of the finest writing programs in the country. Now he has distilled those lessons into a book that gives you a new understanding of how short stories work. less

Edition/Copyright: 00
Cover: Hardback
Publisher: Story Press
Published: 05/28/2000
International: No

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The short story is a kind of fast fiction. It's like a novel, only, well, shorter, right? Wrong. "The short story is closer in spirit to the poem than it is to the novel," says Rick DeMarinis (Borrowe mored Hearts: New and Selected Stories). As in a poem, every word counts. Every metaphor need be carefully considered. Nothing can be wasted. "Unlike the novel," says DeMarinis, "which has ample time to build a history of the central character or characters, the short story lifts the window blinds on someone's life, then, after we've seen enough to understand something about that life, the blinds are closed." With that in mind, DeMarinis reflects on the various fictional components--viewpoint, character, plot, imagery--as they relate to the short form. He also talks about how unsettling it can be to embark on a new story ("You don't begin with meaning, you end with it"), and how difficult it can be to find the right ending ("I've waited as long as ten years"). Throughout the book is a recurring command for wakefulness: pay very close attention and let nothing be lost on you, DeMarinis says. "Look at familiar people and things with such close attention that it seems you are seeing them for the first time." Write short stories only if you can't not write them, and steel yourself: "you've got to write tens of thousands of words before you begin to see improvement." DeMarinis proves a wonderful companion for the serious student of short fiction, though he'd surely balk at our use of "serious": "Writing isn't hard work," he says, "it's hard play." --- From Library Journal: Demarinis (Borrowed Hearts), a veteran short story writer and writing teacher who recently retired from the University of Texas, here presents an anecdotal and insightful guide to writing short stories. Excerpting and quoting writers both well known and obscure, Demarinis lays out the paradox of short story writing, i.e., that nobody knows how to do it other than what to avoid. In demonstrating the murky process of creating short stories, he uses his own less
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Cincinnati, Ohio 2000 Hard cover Edition not stated New in new dust jacket. a beautiful copy in a brodart dust jacket cover. Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 232 p. Audience: Gene moreral/trade. less
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