• Books on the craft……

    'On Writing' by Stephen King

    'Writing down the Bones' by Natalie Goldberg

    'Self-Editing for Fiction Writers' by Renni Browne & Dave King

    'How to Write a Damn Good Novel' by James N. Frey

    'The Art of Fiction' by David Lodge

    'How Novelists Work' Essays by various novelists

    'The Craft of Novel Writing' by Dianne Doubtfire

    'Writing Fiction' by Janet Burroway and others

    'Writing Short Stories' by Ailsa Cox

    The First Five Pages' by Noah Lukeman

    'Stein on Writing' by Sol Stein

    'The Seven Basic Plots' by Christopher Booker

    'Plot and Structure' by James Scott Bell

… the art of the balance and the short story

... the art of the balance and the short story

The general rules for a short story are :-

Use few characters and stick to one point of view

Limit the time frame

Follow conventional story structure

Edit to death

… and then know when to break the rules.

‘Short-story writing requires an exquisite sense of balance. Novelists, frankly, can get away with more. A novel can have a dull spot or two, because the reader has made a different commitment.’

Lynn Abbey

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