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Ron Carlson has been praised as a master of the short story (Booklist). In this essay collection, Ron Carlson Writes a Story, he offers a full range of notes and gives rare insight into a veteran writer's process by inviting the reader to watch over his shoulder as he creates the short story The Governor's Ball.
This is a story of a story he begins, and proceeds to offer practical advice for creating a great story, from the first glimmer of an idea to the final sentence. Carlson urges the writer to refuse the outside distractionsa second cup of coffee, a troll through the dictionaryand attend to the necessity of uncertainty, the pleasures of an unfolding story.
The Governor's Ball included in its entiretyserves as a fascinating illustration of the detailed anatomy of a short story.