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Writing in General and the Short Story in Particular Revised Edition
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"There are now not enough commercial magazines regularly publishing literary fiction to count on the fingers of a single hand," says Rust Hills. So why bother writing literary short stories, or books about doing so? Because, says Hills, a longtime fiction editor at Esquire, "what young writers want to write, or ought to want to write, is literature." In Writing in General and the Short Story in Particular, Hills examines "the essential techniques of fiction and how they function." The short story is a tricky form, with no margin for error: "The successful contemporary short story," says Hills, "will demonstrate a more harmonious relationship of all its aspects than will any other literary art form, excepting perhaps lyric poetry." Many of the fictional elements discussed in this book will not be new to most fiction writers. We know that stories must have beginnings, middles, and ends; we know about epiphany and suspense and stock characters. But Hills claims that much of how we look at fiction derives from drama theory and from the formulas of "slick fiction" (fiction that once served the purpose mindless television now serves). Learned but not pedantic, Hills addresses these elements strictly in terms of literary short fiction.
An interesting side note here is Hills's discussion of the shift in support for American writers. "It is no longer the book publishers and magazines," he says, "but rather the colleges and universities that ... provide the major financial support for the great majority of American writers today." Given that, we might find it odd that this book comes from a man best known for his magazine editing. But we shouldn't. "Teaching fiction writing and editing magazine fiction have ... the same rather odd ultimate purpose in common: trying to get someone else to produce a fine short story." One caveat emptor: our copy of this edition fell quite apart upon our first, gentle reading of it. --Jane Steinberg
“Admirable, wise, and comradely.” -- John Leggett
"Every aspiring fiction writer ought to read this." --WRITER'S DIGEST
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Do you write sketches and wonder why they're not short stories? Do you want some good advice that isn't formula, nor abstract opinion?
This book is easy to read, is beautifully written, and is funny, urbane, and humble.
He breaks down every part of a story in small sections that really helps the reader understand the topic of writing. You will come out of reading this book and feeling like you know all the major concepts and will be able to apply them to your work of fiction.
Hands down, this is the best book on writing. I have used it time and time again to refresh the concepts of fiction. I highly recommend this book to everyone who writes fiction, especially short fiction.
To amazon, please put this on the kindle!
Purchase this as a quick read but also as a reference book. The bullet points and reminders are useful to go over when editing.
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for new writers as they being the craft of short story writing.