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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Lecture Review: How to Write a Short Story: The Basics. by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

If you write popular fiction, this should be worth your while.  In ~1.25 hours, Rusch treats the 7-point plot structure (this differs from Dan Wells' 7-point plot structure--also worth looking over), which goes back to Scott Meredith Agency.  Algis Budrys came under fire for writing a book about this as being simplistic; however, Rusch makes a good point that you should write your story first, then analyze your work with this system.

If you're planning on taking a course with Dean Wesley Smith, you may find overlap in the Idea-to-Story workshop (review) and may not find it necessary, but Rusch does have her slant.

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