Lahiri writes with deft cultural insight reminiscent of Anita Desai and a nuanced depth that recalls Mavis Gallant. She is an important and powerful new voice. Two centuries ago, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published their first volume of fairy tales. Link has won an ardent following for her ability, with each new short story, to take readers deeply into an unforgettable, brilliantly constructed fictional universe.
The nine exquisite examples in this collection show her in full command of her formidable powers. Hurricanes, astronauts, evil twins, bootleggers, Ouija boards, iguanas, The Wizard of Oz, superheroes, the Pyramids.
These are just some of the talismans of an imagination as capacious and as full of wonder as that of any writer today. But as fantastical as these stories can be, they are always grounded by sly humor and an innate generosity of feeling for the frailty—and the hidden strengths—of human beings. In Get in Trouble, this one-of-a-kind talent expands the boundaries of what short fiction can do. A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene, The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling.
It is her miraculous gift to make these stories as real and unforgettable as our own. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. The first and third person narration are the most commonly used narratives. Setting your story in a place and time makes your story interesting and familiar.
Observe people and situations: Observation is the key to writing stories. You might have come across so many interesting people and incidents. Listen to their stories, experiences, thoughts processes, and opinions; it helps you as a writer as it provides more insight on life and other matters of life. Before you start writing your story, know your protagonist and supporting characters well.
Make sure that the readers feel related to the characters or at least make them care about your protagonist. Use the speech that feels right for your story.
Describe actions and use dialogues to show the readers what is happening. Dialogues are the most important part of any short story. Make sure they are meaningful. A good dialogue always has a purpose and builds towards something. Suspense is a very important element, and it must be used more often because it makes the story mysterious and full of thrill. Once you are done with your first draft start cutting, editing and rewriting your short story.
Proofread the final draft: Writing the first draft is not the end of the process. More you edit and proof read the better you story would get. Make sure proper editing and proofreading is done.
Read all of her stuff, but start here and go backwards to her other books, Magic for Beginners and Stranger Things Happen. His brand of odd, obviously obsessively crafted tales of life in Communist Russia stand up as some of the finest works the country produced before or after. Collected Stories , Amy Hempel. Some readers equate reading Amy Hempel to having a religious experience. Watkins burst onto the scene in with this unforgettable collection of new Wild West tales that earned her comparisons to Cormac McCarthy, Annie Proulx, and Denis Johnson.
Definitely one of the strongest debuts of the last decade, and an undeniable classic of our era. You should read as much by this Argentinian master as you can, but know that he excelled in the short fiction form. How do you pick just one book by the Nobel Prize winner who has made a career out of writing short fiction? A difficult task, no doubt, but this volume that uses one single character as the centerpiece and splinters out from there is a uniquely interesting — and successful — experiment in short fiction.
This collection, with its Susan Sontag introduction, is a great place to get acquainted with the madcap Walser. She blew everybody away with her debut, The Little Disturbances of Man , and never looked back.
The ability to look into the hearts of humans and find the good, the bad, the ugly, and the hilarious in just a few pages is a quality you hope for in a great short story.