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Writing the Short Story Overview

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David Bacon

on 7 December 2012

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Transcript of Writing the Short Story Overview

Writing the Short Story Non-Fiction vs Fiction Non-fiction
Accountable to evidence
Centers on personal experience
or reflection Fiction
Written in prose (the ordinary language of
speaking and writing)
Latin for "to shape or fashion"
Can include many genres--fantasy, romance, western
historical, sci-fi, etc. Literary and Recreational Fiction Literary Fiction Values ambiguity
Set of basic plot sequences from
which to write
Shies away from a set standard
of expectations
Focuses on the individual and the
Values character over plot Recreational Fiction Diversional reading--takes the reader away
Complications and questions will all be answered
Clear good vs. evil
Happy endings Elements of Fiction Stucture and Design
How the plot is constucted
"a narrative of events arranged
in their time-sequence" Character
Recognizable as
human beings
Showing both good and
bad qualities
Capable of changing
(though they may not) Dialogue

What the characters say to eachother
Dialogue reveals who the characters
are and also moves the story from A-Z
Dialogue is optional but
the nature of people is to speak
Make the dialogue significant and
appropriate to the characters Setting

Where the story takes place

Uses detail and description
to develop characters
and establish mood Point of View, Tone, Style

POV--keeps us either in or
out of the charcter's mind
Tone--attitude of the author
towards his reader
Style--how the writer says
what she says Discussion of the Model Stories Material taken from Creative Writing Four Genres in Brief by David Starkey
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