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on 12 September 2000
This concise reference book is an invaluable tool for all aspiring short story writers. Packed full of useful "insider" tips on creating professional, potentially lucrative stories, it provides an easy- to- follow guide.
Adele Ramet has sold many stories to top women's magazines and shares her experiences, complete with tips on how to approach editors and when to chase missing manuscripts.
The market for short stories, and particularly those with a "twist", is open to new writers but it is essential to be aware of what editors are looking for and some of their "taboo" subjects.
In addition to practical advice on presentation, format and invoicing, the book has an exciting range of creative ideas.
"Creating a Twist in the Tale" discusses techniques such as the effective use of dialogue and flashback, creating vibrant characters and ways of stimulating inspiration for "twist" endings.
An essential read for short story writers and one to keep and use time and again.
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on 21 October 2000
I was working with the then-publisher of How To Books to create a brand new series on books for writers, which were to be more practical and more specialised than what was generally available on the UK market. Adele approached me with her idea, and I knew this was just right. I fought for it. The publisher was at first more than hesitant, but Adele and I persuaded him in the end. And the book has proved a success. Of all the short story genres, twist-enders sell best. But you have to know which kind of twists work. Adele will tell you all the insider tips in this book - which twist endings to avoid because they are overused and or disappointing. She shows you how to construct new and original twists by playing with readers' expectations. She also dispels the myth that twist-enders don't need characterisation. Adele is a professinal, with many twist ending stories published in the big women's magazines (Bella etc) and she really knows what she is doing. She is generous with advice. I'd recommend this book to anyone who is serious about writing short stories and getting them published. It's particularly useful for those who have already some experience in short story writing and who are looking for more than the usual general tips. A great source for creative writing teachers, too. BTW, Adele has since written more books for the same publisher, including one on short story writing in general. Christine Hall
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on 15 August 2012
A great little book and a 'must have' for every short story writer. Most of my stories had one or two twists, already; but after reading this book, my new short stories often contain three or four twists, which just goes to show: You're never too old to learn. I am not short of ideas, but this book also gave me many more.
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on 10 June 2013
Sounds like an intriguing book to read but no. It can be virtually assimilated in about an hour and it falls flat in what it promises in my opinion. It's a small book with much obvious stuff in it. It fails to give the reader the hard and fast formulas for finding clever twists to every tale. Unimpressed.
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on 23 August 2011
This little book is packed with easy-to-follow steps on "How to Write Short Stories with a Twist in the Tale" I have found it very helpful and keep it by my side to dip into as I write...
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on 18 September 2015
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