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Writing Short Stories
Ailsa Cox
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Writing Short Stories

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  36 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Ideal for those new to the genre or for anyone who wishes to improve their technique, Ailsa Cox s guide will help readers achieve their full potential as a short story writer. The book encourages you to be inventive, to break writing habits and to try something new, by showing the diversity of the short story genre, from cyberpunk to social observation. Each chapter of the ...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Routledge (first published 2005)
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Isadora Wagner
Seems like an interesting read: This book came up in one of my weekly search-haunts on all writers ghostly and strange. This time, I was researching Edith Wharton and Elizabeth Bowen, trying to pin down if I had heard, or not, that the two women writers, both of whom wrote GREAT(!) ghost stories, were friends. An e-text of Cox's book came up on Amazon, and at first I thought, "Terrific. Another how-to book on writing by a writer I never heard of..." but then before I bailed, Guy du Maupassant's ...more
This book is really good beginning text for novice short story writers (I fall into this category). The book covers many of the classic techniques covered in short story writing classes (the epiphany, for example), sampling works from Chekov to JG Ballard to Borges. The author also sites useful examples from recent (but lesser-known) authors, adding a nice contemporary touch to a book relatively traditional in its approach.

All in all, I think this is a useful text for someone who wants a thoroug
I was disappointed in this book. It looks in turn at several genres of short story. But instead of focusing on character-building and plot development, it basically gives extensive examples of how other authors have written in the various genres. The examples given are fairly literary and mostly rather dark, even those labelled humorous; not the kind of thing that appealed to me at all. There were a lot of exercises at the end of each chapter, none of which were remotely appealing.

For someone wh
Probably a good book, but I never got into it really - may give it another try some time. I meant to start writing short stories but haven't done anything about it!
I found the exercises very helpful and wrote what I consider to be my best story to date after completing an exercise at the end of a chapter.
Titus Hjelm
Less 'literary' than I anticipated, but a refreshing read, anyway.
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