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Reading a Writer's Mind

A non fiction book by

"...I place this one alongside the excellent Dorothea Brande's book ['Becoming A Writer'], and Stephen King's 'On Writing', both of which have been formative in my writing..."
- Stuart Aken, author of 'The Methuselah Strain'.

"...Her thinking on characterisation is especially enlightening..."
- PF Field (Amazon UK reviewer)

Wordcount: 53,700 approx

Written by the author of over seventy published short stories and five novels, "Reading A Writer's Mind: Short Fiction Explored - First Thought to Finished Story" shows the detailed thinking behind the writing of ten stories across a range of genres, using different modes of delivery.

From initial idea, through the story itself, to a commentary explaining the decisions made during the creative process, this book sets a path to follow and shows the tools to use.

Sections include:
* Lyrical narrative v terse dialogue; using tone as a descriptive tool (Mainstream)
* Characterisation through deed and thought (Horror)
* A calendar structure using the Tell technique (Women's Fiction)
* The importance of pacing, and of duping the reader (Twist in the Tail)
* The use of alliteration, rhythm and subliminal detailing (Romance)
* Using the Show technique to elicit an emotional response (Drama)
* Building fiction from a given line using an unsympathetic narrator (Crime)
* Working with parallel storylines via past and present tense (SF)
* Conjuring the weird from the everyday (Fantasy)
* Writing for performance and sound effects (Historical)
* Editing: ten common problems explored

Linda Acaster has been a tutor for a UK distance learning college and a reader for a leading London literary consultancy. Her instructional articles on the techniques of creating fiction have appeared in writers' journals in both the UK and USA. She gives talks and leads writers' workshops across the north of England. "Short Fiction Explored - First Thought to Finished Story" is the first in the "Reading a Writer's Mind" series.


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Paperback Editions

April 2013 : USA Paperback

Title: Reading A Writer's Mind: Exploring Short Fiction - First Thought to Finished Story (Volume 1)
Author(s): Linda Acaster
ISBN: 1-4841-7973-0 / 978-1-4841-7973-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

September 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Reading a Writer's Mind: Exploring Short Fiction - First Thought to Finished Story
Author(s): Linda Acaster
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA