Shaping the Story : A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Short Fiction by Mark Baechtel (2003, Paperback)

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Accompanying an exhibition in honor of Philippe de Montebello, Director Emeritus of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, this engaging book examines the influence of music and theater on the art of Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721). Fifteen major paintings and a number of drawings by Watteau that illustrate the connections between painting and the performing arts in Paris are explored. In addition, drawings and prints by other 18th-century artists featuring musical or theatrical subjects and objects and musical instruments are included.

Shaping the Story teaches beginning fiction writers to hone their craft with a unique step-by-step approach to writing a short story . Stepping writers through an interlocking set of twelve easy-to-follow exercisesShaping the Story helps the beginning fiction writer understand the ways a short story changes and grows as it moves from its often-vague beginnings through a satisfying ending. As writers step through the process, they learn about development of theme, point of view, voice, setting, character, dialogue, scene, plot, the treatment of time, and the crafting of satisfying endings. Those interested in learning to write short stories.

Who can you trust when everything is secrets and lies? It's a new semester at the Chadwick School, and even with the ankh tattoos that brand them, Phoebe, Nick, Lauren, and Patch are hoping for a fresh start. Each day, however, they are reminded of their membership as new Conscripts in the Society. The secret group that promised to help them achieve their every dream has instead turned their lives into a nightmare. Exclusive membership lost its luster as the Society revealed its agenda to them and two of their classmates were found dead. Now they can't help but wonder: Who's next? While they search for the elusive truth about the Society, the Conscripts are forced to face their darkest fearthat they truly can't get out. Will Nick and Phoebe's new relationship endure this strain? Can Patch and Nick's longtime friendship survive the truth that will come to light? The deceptions of the group's leaders, once trusted friends, and family will test these four as they fight to leave the Society behind. The Trust, Tom Dolby's sequel to secret society, is an alluring glimpse behind the facade of a life of entitlement, where secrets aren't merely funthey're deadly.

With more dark humor and zany silliness, Dale E. Basye returns to Heck for his most over-the-top (the Big Top, that is) adventure yet. When Marlo Fauster claims she has switched souls with her brother, she gets sent straight to Fibble, the circle of Heck reserved for liars. But its true&-Milton and Marlo have switched places, and Marlo finds herself trapped in Miltons gross, gangly body. She also finds herself trapped in Fibble, a three-ring media circus run by none other than P. T. Barnum, an insane ringmaster with grandiose plans and giant, flaming pants. Meanwhile Milton, as Marlo, is working at the devils new television network, T.H.E.E.N.D. But theres something strange about these new shows. Why do they all air at the same? And are they really broadcasting to the Surface? Soon Milton and Marlo realize that they need each other to sort through the lies and possibly prevent the end of the world&-if Bea "Elsa" Bubb doesnt catch them first. From the Hardcover edition.

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Key Details
AuthorMark Baechtel
Number Of Pages336 pages
Publication Date2003-10-07
PublisherPearson Education

Additional Details
Number of Volumes2 vols.
Copyright Date2004

Weight16.6 Oz
Height0.9 In.
Width5.9 In.
Length8.9 In.

Target Audience
GroupCollege Audience

Classification Method
LC Classification NumberPN3373.B135 2003
Dewey Decimal808.3/1
Dewey Edition22

Table Of Content
Table Of ContentIntroduction. Getting the Idea. Where do stories come from? Beginnings (Part I). What makes a story a story? The reader's questions. Shooting an arrow. Writing Assignment #1: The story cloud diagram. Alternative exercises. Reading Assignment #1: Flannery O'Connor's Revelation. Beginnings (Part II). Evoking the world of your story. Beginning in the middle. Writing Assignment #2: Writing your opening scene. Questions for revision. Alternative exercises. Reading Assignment #2: Judith Claire Mitchell's A Man of Few Words. Point of View. One story, three beginnings. Types of point of view. The surface of the story. Writing Assignment #3: Choosing your point of view. Questions for revision. Alternative exercises. Reading Assignment #3: Tobias Wolff's Bullet in the Brain. Tone of Voice. Who's telling the story? What's your narrator's relationship to the story or its characters? Try writing the way you talk. Making sound match sense. Your way with words is not the subject of the story. Imitation-its uses and abuses. A few thoughts on precision. Overdependence on Adjectives and Adverbs. Writing Assignment #4: Finding the right tone of voice.. Alternative exercises. Reading Assignment #4: Jorge Luis Borges' The Aleph. Building the Scene. How action becomes praxis. Exposition and summary. The parts that make up the parts that make up the whole. Making the action plausible. Show, don't tell-right or wrong? Setting. What's going to happen here? What's your setting's emotional temperature? Where and how do you want your reader to enter the setting you're creating? How would you shoot this setting if you were making a movie? Are you appealing to the full range of senses? How much detail is necessary? Does your description of setting support the scene's action? How do your characters' emotional state and the setting affect each other? Writing Assignment #5 Writing where things happen. Alternative exercises. Reading Assignment #5: Wallace Stegner's The Traveler. Characterization. Characteres are what they do. Avoiding types. Treating characters respectfully. Round and flat characters. Allowing characters to declare themselves. Building a foundation for characterization early on. Adding characterizing detail like layers of lacquer. Writing Assignment #6: Building your characters. Alternative exercises. Reading Assignment #6: Kevin Brockmeier's These Hands. Dialogue. Dialogue's dual nature. Making your dialogue fit your characters. Making speech sound natural, even though it's artificial. Dialect-to use it or not? Making characters sound different from ach other-and from the narrator. Weaving what characters say together with what they do. Using Dialogue to convey information. Finding the right mix of speech, description and action. Writing Assignment #7: Putting Words in Your Characters' Mouths. Alternative exercises. Reading Assignment #7: Kazuo Ishiguro's A Family Su

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