1) I loved this book. Loved the writing and the stories. It's an extremely well written, helpful guide on the craft of writing fiction. As a self-help, instructional guide to writing, I had a hard time judging it on the basis of plot. And for that matter, I have never found myself intrigued by the idea of writing flash-fiction, or limiting my writing to 55 words or less (as this book describes), but never mind that. I loved Fahey's writing and his book. He is a very skilled fiction writer and it was a pleasure to read his work. My only disappointment was to discover that the book is not available in hardcopy. I would purchase it.
2) Useful guide for writing short fiction. I enjoyed the exercises and explanations.
The Short and Long Of It: Expand, Adapt, and Publish Your Short Fiction by Paul Alan Fahey
LGBT Non Fiction
Publisher: JMS Books LLC (April 25, 2016)
Amazon Kindle: The Short and Long Of It: Expand, Adapt, and Publish Your Short Fiction
Do you write short fiction but long to s-t-r-e-t-c-h those tight little 55ers, flash pieces, and short stories into longer, publishable work? Do you have binders full of short pieces with characters you’d love to flesh out? Are you dying to tell the rest of these stories?
If so, The Short and Long of It is for you!
Award-winning short fiction writer Paul Alan Fahey shows you how to expand and adapt your brief creations into longer, more satisfying stories, plays, novellas, and novels pitch perfect for publication in the e-age.
This book will help you practice expanding your short fiction. Through detailed examples and hands-on exercises, you’ll learn how to:
Adapt 55 fiction into flash fiction;
Adapt flash fiction into short stories and plays;
Adapt flash memoir into personal essays;
Write a tight logline;
Develop a story theme;
Build three-act structure; and
Develop characters and enhance backstory.
So grab a copy today and start writing longer stories tomorrow!
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