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Ghost Stories and How to Write Them [Kindle Edition]

Kathleen McGurl
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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This book is for both writers and readers of ghost stories.
Kathleen McGurl has sold dozens of short stories to women’s magazines, and a high proportion of them were ghostly tales. This book contains twelve of her stories, most of which were previously published in women’s magazines. Each one is used to spark off discussion topics which will help you think about what makes a successful ghost story for this market.

Also included:
What are the main types of ghost story?
The essential rules for ghost stories
What is the enduring appeal of ghost stories?
Providing an alternative rational explanation
Ideas for new ghost stories

'Spooky stories, spot-on advice - I highly recommend it' - Della Galton

** Second edition - two extra stories and further discussion added **

About the Author

Kathleen McGurl lives in Bournemouth with her husband and younger son, her elder son having flown the nest. She always wanted to write, and for many years was waiting until she had the time. Eventually she came to the bitter realisation no one would pay her for a year off work to write a book, so she sat down and started to write one anyway. Since then she has sold dozens of short stories to women’s magazines. These days she is concentrating on longer fiction, and is currently trying to find an agent for her full-length time-slip novel, while also writing another in the same genre. She works full time in the IT industry and when she’s not writing, she’s often out running, slowly.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 553 KB
  • Print Length: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Kathleen McGurl; 2 edition (12 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C4H1XAS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,799 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kathleen McGurl lives in Bournemouth with her husband and teenage sons. She always wanted to write, and for many years was waiting until she had the time. Eventually she came to the bitter realisation that no one would pay her for a year off work to write a book, so she sat down and started to write one anyway. Since then she has sold dozens of short stories to women's magazines. These days she is concentrating on longer fiction, and is currently completing her second full length novel. She works full time in the IT industry and when she's not writing, she's often out running, slowly.

Website: kathleenmcgurl.com
Twitter: @KathMcGurl

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That's The Spirit! 16 April 2013
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A great easy-to-read 'how to' book on writing ghost stories,specifically for women's magazines such as Take a Break (and as one of my goals for 2013 is to get a story accepted by TAB, perfect for me!).
Kath has a great, chatty style - it feels like a friend is talking to you - and I love the format of the book. The author's interspersed the narrative with examples of some of her published (or short-listed) ghost stories and it's great to see how she puts her advice into practice.
Very useful and enjoyable. I just wish it had been longer! And now I'm off to think of a ghost story of my own...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to write ghost stories - not at all scary! 14 April 2013
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Kathleen McGurl is best known to many as blogger Womagwriter. As author of the popular blog, she knows her stuff when it comes to writing for women's magazines and has always been generous about sharing that information with others. This book concentrates all her knowledge on writing ghost stories. As well as having several cracking ghost stories, Kathleen also explains the differences between different types of ghost story and explains what inspired her to write each story.

But don't believe her when she dismisses one first draft as not good enough to publish. I thought that particular section showed a great example of how one story could be told in two different ways and still be an excellent tale.

The book takes the fear out of writing ghost stories. Read it for the stories or for the advice, or for both. You won't be disappointed!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ghost-story writer's compendium 15 July 2013
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I have been a short story writer for many years but don't always know how I did it, or if I can do it again... This is a really good explanatory compendium on ghost-story writing for beginners and seasoned magazines writers alike. The approach is logical, well laid out and easy to follow with great examples of already successfully published stories. After a few months off and trying to get back into short story writing again, this is a godsend. I hope the author plans a series of these to include other genres because she has really hit on something here.... and I wish her lots of luck!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghost Writer that is spookily good 30 April 2013
By dk
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Kath has a nice chatty style that is easily accessible to both beginner writers and experienced writers. For those starting out on their writing journey there are some very good tips on structure and lots of examples from her own excellent ghost stories to explain each point she discusses. For writers that haven't tried a ghost story like myself or just want to polish one and need some pointers then it is also a very practical, concise guide. I liked the way she showed the evolution of a story. That is rarely done but is very useful. If you have no desire to write a story then you can just enjoy reading the stories.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 16 April 2013
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This is a very well put together little book and I should think anyone who wishes to write for magazines would get a great deal from it. And anyone who wanted to read ghost stories would love it too. A great addition to any writer's bookshelf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Ghosts can be Represented in Short Stories. 11 July 2013
By Dee
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I've always wanted to write short stories and this book gave me a good idea about those which include ghosts i.e. what they can a can't do. The author has included a lot of her own stories, to see the teaching in action. Though these do seem to take up a lot of the word count of the book, they do enhance the reader's understanding.

It really is worth buying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead useful! 27 Jun 2013
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A great little how-to manual, interspersed with a variety of enjoyable ghost stories, each used to illustrate a point. This is clearly set out and easy to read and is useful for the novice as well as reminding the more prolific writer of those very important pointers necessary to keep the stories well-polished.

By the time I had reached the end, I had a story in mind, so 'inspiring' is another credit we can attribute to 'Ghost Stories and How to Write Them'!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value 26 Jun 2013
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The author's style is engaging - it feels as though she is sitting across the table,warming her hands on a mug of tea. She's a friendly expert who never comes across as patronising or flip. Here we have her published magazine stories AND her advice about how to write something similar AND information about potential markets. A very good buy for readers and writers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I now I think I'll try to write a ghost story myself It's a great easy...
A very inspiring book I brought this book for the stories, but after reading it , I now I think I'll try to write a ghost story myself It's a great easy to read book
Published 6 days ago by Catherine Secker
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy and informative read
In her easy style, Kathleen mixes her own ghost stories with advice on how to write them and the 3 main types of ghost story. Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. L. Naylor
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the stories
This is a very specific book; the author writes ghost stories for women's magazines and this book gives examples and guidance on how to write stories that will sell in womag... Read more
Published 5 months ago by E A M Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading
found the book interesting and the elements needed to write a good story very positive. pleased I read it stories and all.
Published 7 months ago by Bee Payne
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Advice
An interesting and thought provoking book that is a must-read for anyone wanting to write ghost oriented short stories for the women's magazines or indeed competitions. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Julie Phillips
3.0 out of 5 stars The help provided by this book
I enjoyed reading this book, with the short ghost stories told by the author. The information on how to write your own ghost stories was very well described by the author who... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Helen Dowds
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, Ms McGurl
As an aspiring writer myself I found this little volume very helpful. I have always mentally poo-pooed writing for womens' magazines. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Susan Pope
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this little book
I loved this little book and I really appreciated all the advice about ghost story womag writing.
I’ve always wondered what was wrong with my ghost stories, and now I know... Read more
Published 13 months ago by shaz
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
This book is full of inspiration for anyone who fancies trying to craft spooky stories for the women's magazine market. Read more
Published 13 months ago by sallyj
5.0 out of 5 stars Friendly and not too fearful
Aimed at womag writers this book gives practical and helpful advice on writing ghost stories for the woman's magazine market. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Alyson
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