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Author Bailey, Tom, 1961-

Title A short story writer's companion / Tom Bailey
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001

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Description xvi, 184 pages ; 21 cm
Contents 1. Fictional truth and significant detail -- Fictional truth -- Significant detail -- The abstract versus the concrete -- Student example -- 2. The elements of the short story and advice on technique -- "We are our desires" : character -- Round versus flat characters -- Characterization -- Dialogue -- Writing exercises -- The eye of the story : point of view -- First person -- Second person -- Third person -- Writing exercises -- The "why?" behind the power of plot : shaping the short story -- Motivation -- Conflict, climax, and resolution -- Story versus plot -- Plotting short stories versus plotting novels -- Meaning -- Writing exercises -- "The lesser angels of fiction" : setting and time -- Setting -- Time -- Writing exercises -- "The connectedness of all living things" : metaphor -- The writer's muscle -- Figurative language -- A word of advice about the "fancy stuff" -- Writing exercises -- The writer's signature : voice -- Voice -- Style -- Language -- Sentences -- Paragraphs -- Writing exercises -- 3. Notes on the fiction-writing process -- Write a short story! -- How to begin -- Drafting -- Rewriting -- "The habit of writing" by Andre Dubus -- Polishing -- Galleys for "Snow dreams" by Tom Bailey -- "Snow dreams" by Tom Bailey -- A last companionable word -- Works consulted -- Index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-175) and index
Subject Fiction -- Technique.
Genre/Form Short stories.
LC no. 00033652
ISBN 0195135555 (alk. paper)