Writing Resources

The items below, all pdf format, began as handouts for a creative writing group I have been facilitating. The group are particularly interested in short stories and this is reflected in some of the handouts. Most, however, are also relevant to novel writing and the two on figurative language might even appeal to poets. And some people who see themselves as readers of fiction rather than creators of it, might also find the handouts enhance appreciation of writing.


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Revealing Character in Short Stories - two pages on ways in which characters can be fleshed out.


Figurative Language - three pages on similes, metaphors, personification, allusions, hyperbole, onomatopoeia, tropes, metonymy and clich├ęs


Three Techniques for Generating Ideas for Figurative Language - two pages with ideas for finding ways of arriving at original and expressive figures of speech.


Short Fiction Chronology - Four pages listing key examples of brief fiction starting with Aesop.-


The Modern Short Story - Two pages on the nature of the modern short story, including with Chekhov's contribution.


Telling and Showing  - Four pages. Argues that both showing and telling styles of writing have their uses and that the dictum "show don't tell" is misleading. Includes the range of human senses that might be mentioned by an author, ideas for engaging the reader's imagination and suggestions for when telling may be preferable to showing.


The Narrative Arc & Endings Four pages  on the narrative arc and a list of thirty types of endings briefly described and with examples based on The Tale of Aladdin.