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Mastering The Short StoryAlthough I perceive Paul Darcy Boles to be an uppity egotistic and somewhat euphorically rambling old man from his style of writing there is some beneficial information for someone wishing to create a commercially viable short story However I feel that creating a story with the goal of marketability is a grave mistake that ruins countless numbers of otherwise perfectly enjoyable works of literature It is no surprise that this style of writing is being taught to the new generation which promises to be far more creative than its predecessorsBoles first advice is to follow Chekhovs observation The art of writing is the art of abbreviation A story of 3000 words or less has no need for excessive 1 paragraph descriptions Todays reader whoever that is has no need for the descriptive style found in older works So much for Alistair MacLeodA lot of importance is put on not stringing random sentences together Each sentence should be aimed towards a specific goal The sum total of these sentences is your story Boles views a sentence as a factor in a mathematical equation He also gets almost romantic about the sentence as a living sentient being Once you shovel the pop-lit drivel where it belongs you are free to apply his suggestions to your own workIt is a good idea to check your story for too much obvious meaning Not only will this make the story shorter and clearer the hidden meanings imbedded in the story will have a chance to be probed and discovered As well avoid signpost sentences that could easily be replaced by more legitimate conversations or actionsA lot of emphasis is put on simulating a sense of in-ness that is giving your work a believable lived in feeling When reading the story one should have a clear picture of the environment around its characters and it is of imperial importance that it is realisticIn conclusion Boles discusses the important
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