By Michael Kardos

Short, useful, and fantastically readable, The paintings and Craft of Fiction supplies aspiring writers all they want — in below four hundred pages. Michael Kardos makes a speciality of procedure and offers fiction writing as a teachable (and learnable) paintings. With a company outfitted on tools and method instead of conventional literary parts, Kardos is helping scholars start their tales, write robust scenes, use pictures and element, revise for aesthetics and mechanics, and end and varnish their very own tales. He can provide transparent guide, potent examples, and assignments that construct towards complete paintings in a tone reviewers compliment as "pitch perfect." a short fiction anthology in the back of the booklet — of 15 works that Kardos attracts on in his guide — presents tales that scholars will like to be encouraged by means of.

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As you read the anthologized stories (and any other fiction), remember to be greedy. Ask yourself what, specifically, each work of fiction has to teach you. What technique can you apply to your next story? checklist ​» ​read like a writer Some questions to ask of the stories you read include the following: » Why does this story begin when it does? » What is different about the day when the story takes place? » When you close your eyes, what part of the story do you picture most clearly in your mind?

They are your story. 23 24 | chapter 2 the extreme importance of relevant detail  exercises: use details to tell stories 1. Describe in detail a character performing an activity that you know about but that most people don’t (for example, throwing out a runner at home plate, playing “Stars and Stripes Forever” on the piccolo, repairing a lawn mower). 2. Make a list of thirty facts about yourself: physical attributes, hobbies and interests, specific fears, family history, or anything ­else. Stay away from any abstract words.

2. Repeat this exercise with four more works. showing and telling | showing and telling Perhaps the most common advice given to creative writers is to “show” their story rather than “tell” it. This advice, while basically sound, can also be misleading. ­Doesn’t all writing involve “telling”? Unless we include illustrations, we never actually show anything. So what does it mean to “show,” and why are writers so often urged to do it? Think of “showing” as writing the kinds of sentences that paint a picture for readers, causing the story to occur before their eyes.

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