- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Graywolf Press; 1St Edition edition (September 4, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1555974775
- ISBN-13: 978-1555974770
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ron Carlson Writes a Story 1St Edition Edition
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It includes his short story "The Governor's Ball." As he says in the book, "The Governor's Ball" was written in a single day and it was a story he remembers how he wrote, so he's able to give a kind of "play-by-play" account of the writing process.
Some of the advice will be familiar to those who've read books of this kind, such as how to write dialogue, using active verbs, and eliminating unnecessary adjectives. But the account of how a writer writes a specific story is unique in my experience and the story itself is a good one to learn from. It's short but a model of the subtleties that make short stories fun to read.
Mr. Carlson prompts me to want to write more and to read more - of Ron Carlson.