How to Write Short Stories and Use Them to Further Your Writing Career

Author: James Scott Bell
Publisher:
ISBN: 0910355347
Release Date: 2016-11-08
Genre:

Now, learn the master key for writing great short stories, and the strategies for using them to advance your writing career As most writers will tell you, the hardest fiction form to master is the short story. To be successful, a short story needs to have "emotional wallop," and in under 7,000 words. Not easy to do. In this book, #1 bestselling writing teacher James Scott Bell explains the essential ingredient for a successful short story, no matter the genre. He shows how any writer-whether planner or "pantser"-can use this key to unlock infinite story possibilities. And turn readers into fans. Which is part of the strategy for short story writing today. With the coming of the digital revolution in publishing, short fiction presents possibilities beyond a one-time sale to a literary journal. Writers can use stories to increase discoverability, grow as a writer, generate some side income, and get back in touch with the sheer joy of writing. This book uses examples from the best stories by undisputed masters of the craft, including Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, John O'Hara, John Cheever, Stephen King and Irwin Shaw. In addition, five complete stories are included to show you the master key in action. Once you've been through this book, even once, you'll be well on your way to crafting short stories that readers love-which will build your fan base and boost your long-term writing career.

Creating Short Fiction

Author: Damon Knight
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0312150946
Release Date: 1997-03-15
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Explains effective use of structure and pacing, and offers advice for creating realistic dialogue, plot, and characters

Crafting Novels Short Stories

Author: Editors of Writer's Digest
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 1599635712
Release Date: 2012-01-12
Genre: Reference

Learn How to Create Stories That Captivate Agents, Editors, and Readers Alike! Inside you'll find the tools you need to build strong characters, keep your plots moving, master the art of dialogue, choose the right point of view, and more. This comprehensive book on the art of novel and short story writing is packed with advice and instruction from best-selling authors and writing experts like Nancy Kress, Elizabeth Sims, Hallie Ephron, N.M. Kelby, Heather Sellers, and Donald Maass, plus a foreword by James Scott Bell. You'll learn invaluable skills for mastering every area of the craft: Define and refine your characters. Make your plot and conflict high-energy and intense. Hone your story's point of view. Create a rich setting and backstory. Craft dialogue that rings true. Select the right words and descriptions throughout your story. Revise your story to perfection. Throughout you'll find supplemental sections that cover special topics like getting started, beating writer's block, researching your work, and getting published. They'll help you integrate your skills into a balanced, productive, and fulfilling career. Whether you're writing flash fiction, a short story, a novel, or an epic trilogy, you'll come away with the tools you need for strong and effective storytelling.

How to Write Winning Short Stories

Author: Nancy Sakaduski
Publisher:
ISBN: 098605979X
Release Date: 2015-12-20
Genre:

A concise guide to writing short stories, including preparation, theme and premise, title, characters, dialogue, setting, and more. Submission and marketing advice is also provided.

How to Write Pulp Fiction

Author: James Scott Bell
Publisher:
ISBN: 0910355371
Release Date: 2017-11-07
Genre:

Type Hard. Type Fast. Make Dough. That was the formula of old-school pulp fiction-plot-driven, popular and gobbled up by a reading public hungry for more. And it produced many writers who hammered out a living selling "cash-and-carry" stories and novels. Some of these writers were among the best America has ever produced. Writers like Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and John D. MacDonald. Others are numbered among the bestselling authors of all time, including Erle Stanley Gardner, Lester Dent, and Frederick Faust (better known by his pen name, Max Brand). What were the secrets of these successful pulp writers? And how can any writer, of any genre, use them to produce fiction that sells? How to Write Pulp Fiction will teach you: - how to be more prolific - the secrets of pulp plotting - how to elevate your pulp prose - the fiction "formulas" of some of the best pulp writers of all time - the bestselling genres - how to harness the power of the series character - the most effective publishing strategies - how to market your pulp fiction Added bonus! The Start-A-Plot Machine, a brainstorming partner that will help you instantly generate a story or novel idea. You'll never again wonder what to write next. There has never been a better time to be a writer. By tapping into the vibe of the pulp writers of old, and making use of the tools of publication available now, any hard-working writer has a serious shot at realizing steady income from their fiction. "James Scott Bell is my go-to writing guru!" - Terri Blackstock, New York Times bestselling writer

On Writing

Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780743455961
Release Date: 2002-06-25
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.

Writing Short Stories in Sci Fi Fantasy Horror and More

Author: D. G. America
Publisher: DGA Media
ISBN:
Release Date: 2017-08-13
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

I believe that writing short stories in sci-fi, fantasy, horror, post-apocalyptic, and related genres represent a great way to get into indie publishing and finding your ideal readers. Here's my take on why this is so fun, often rewarding, and really exciting. Get your copy today!

Write Your Novel from the Middle

Author: James Scott Bell
Publisher: Compendium Press
ISBN: 0910355118
Release Date: 2014-03-15
Genre: Fiction

A powerful secret and a fresh approach to writing bestselling fiction! What's the best way to write a "next level" novel? Some writers start at the beginning and let the story unfold without a plan. They are called "pantsers," because they write by the "seat of the pants." Other writers plan and outline and know the ending before they start. These are the "plotters." The two sides never seem to agree with each other on the best approach. But what if it's not the beginning or the end that is the key to a successful book? What if, amazing as it may seem, the place to begin writing your novel is in the very middle of the story? According to #1 bestselling writing teacher James Scott Bell, that's exactly where you'll find your story's heart and heat. Bell's "Mirror Moment" is the secret, and its power is available to any writer, at any stage of the writing process. Bringing together years of craft study and personal discovery, Bell presents a truly unique approach to writing a novel, one that will stand the test of time and serve you all your writing life. "I need three things before I tackle a new novel: Diet Coke, a laptop, and my dog-eared copies of James Scott Bell's books on writing craft!"- Kami Garcia, #1 NYT Times & International Bestselling author

How to Make a Living as a Writer

Author: James Scott Bell
Publisher:
ISBN: 0910355169
Release Date: 2014-10-31
Genre: Authorship

It's the best time on Earth to be a writer. More writers are making money today than at any other time in history. For centuries few have been able to support themselves from the quill or the keyboard alone. Not anymore. With the rise of ebooks and indie publishing there are now more opportunities than ever for writers to generate substantial income from their work. And there is still a traditional publishing industry that needs new talent to keep growing. In How to Make a Living as a Writer, you'll learn the secrets of writing for profit and increasing your chances of making a living wage from your work. Here are some of the subjects covered: - The 7 Secrets of Writing Success - The 8 Essentials of Your Writing Business - How to Reach Your Goals - Keys to a Winning System - How to Stay Relentless - Unlocking Your Creativity - How to Write More, Faster - Comparing Traditional and Self-Publishing - How to Go Traditional - How to Go Indie - How to Form Multiple Streams of Writing Income - How to Write a Novel in a Month - How to Choose Non-Fiction Subjects - How to Keep a Positive Mental Attitude - Resources for Further Study And much more, all to help you write what you love and earn what you're worth. James Scott Bell has made a living as a writer for nearly two decades, and shares with you everything he knows about the best practices for turning your writing dream into a reality.

What Do Authors Do

Author: Eileen Christelow
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547346045
Release Date: 1997-08-18
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

A sprightly text and colorful illustrations follow two creative people-and a talkative dog and cat-through the writing process step by step, from the inspiration for a story to the satisfaction of sharing the book with readers. Eileen Christelow based this instructive picture book on questions children asked during her classroom talks around the country. Simple enough for young children to understand, and with the entertainment value of fiction, "What Do Authors Do?" is children's nonfiction at its best.

The Craft of Professional Writing

Author: Michael S. Malone
Publisher: Anthem Press
ISBN: 9781783088317
Release Date: 2018-07-13
Genre: Reference

The Craft of Professional Writing is the most complete book ever written about the real-life work of being a writer. Covering topics ranging from business writing (advertising, PR) to commercial work (news reporting, feature writing, blogging, non-fiction books) to creative writing (screenplays and novels), as well as advice on pitching, rejection and leading a writer’s life, the narrative is filled with anecdotes and illuminating stories, as well as tricks of the trade in each form of writing. For the student, The Craft of Professional Writing is the most wide-ranging and practical textbook on the subject. Designed to be an instructional text for producing professional-level work, it is also a survey of the various writing professions to enable budding writers to make career decisions. For the professional, this book is the ultimate reference work—offering practical tips and advice they can return to again and again to help them through various phases of their career.

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Author: Haruki Murakami
Publisher: Bond Street Books
ISBN: 9780385669443
Release Date: 2011-10-25
Genre: Fiction

The long-awaited magnum opus from Haruki Murakami, in which this revered and bestselling author gives us his hypnotically addictive, mind-bending ode to George Orwell's 1984. The year is 1984. Aomame is riding in a taxi on the expressway, in a hurry to carry out an assignment. Her work is not the kind that can be discussed in public. When they get tied up in traffic, the taxi driver suggests a bizarre 'proposal' to her. Having no other choice she agrees, but as a result of her actions she starts to feel as though she is gradually becoming detached from the real world. She has been on a top secret mission, and her next job leads her to encounter the superhuman founder of a religious cult. Meanwhile, Tengo is leading a nondescript life but wishes to become a writer. He inadvertently becomes involved in a strange disturbance that develops over a literary prize. While Aomame and Tengo impact on each other in various ways, at times by accident and at times intentionally, they come closer and closer to meeting. Eventually the two of them notice that they are indispensable to each other. Is it possible for them to ever meet in the real world?

Creative Writing Career

Author: Justin M. Sloan
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 1503125831
Release Date: 2014-12-20
Genre: Self-Help

Your guide to positioning yourself for a career as a creative writer. Including author interviews with the following: • Stephan Bugaj (Pixar and beyond) • Anthony Burch (Borderlands 2) • Joshua Rubin (Assassins Creed 2) • Will Wight (the Traveler's Gate trilogy) And many more! Select Reviews: "What this book attempts and succeeds at doing is giving practical advice on how to harness a love for writing into a viable, paying career.” jmcclay3 “Justin Sloan's informative book is a must read for anyone who wants to know how to become a paid working writer.” J Lee Everyone wants to be a writer, and they want to know what they can do to make that dream come true. However, most aspiring writers do not understand how to position themselves so they are ready when presented with an opportunity. They identify themselves as writers but have no writing samples, or their websites and social media talk all about their paintings or music but say nothing of who they are as writers. Based on a lifetime of struggling to make it as a creative writer, "Creative Writing Career: Becoming a Writer of Movies, Video Games, and Books" is a guide for aspiring writers to help them position themselves in an extremely competitive field. The book includes information on the writing process and ways to improve one's craft, but mostly focuses on how to get discovered and where to concentrate energy in the meantime. The content of the book is supplemented by writer interviews, featuring some incredibly gifted people who share the wisdom they have gained. With writing, as with most aspects of life, I have chosen to rely on those with demonstrated wisdom to move ahead. This book presents that wisdom for the reader to do the same.