您当前位置:网站首页 >> 英语教学 >> 英语写作 >> 英语短故事写作:什么是短故事  

英语短故事写作:什么是短故事

来源:作者:

英语短故事写作:What Is a Short Story?

We begin with a couple of dictionary definitions. The first defines a story as "the telling of a happening or a series of connected events." Another definition of a short story is "a narrative...designed to interest, amuse, or inform the hearer or reader."

These are the first of many definitions we'll encounter. Each definition has its uses, although none completely captures the essence of what a short story is. When taken together, they will all contribute to your sense of what constitutes a short story and what makes one story satisfying to read while another is less so.

We will concentrate on the traditional story—the kind that derives its power from characters, actions, and plot; that has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Not all short stories are like this. An advantage of the short story form is that its brevity allows variations and experiments that would be difficult to sustain throughout the much longer course of a novel. A short story writer can focus on sketching a character, presenting a slice of life, playing with language, or evoking a mood. Many excellent stories written and published today achieve their impact from the way the author assembles a mosaic of images or jagged fragments of experience, instead of telling an old-fashioned tale. But the traditional story provides the best vantage point for examining the craft of short story writing.

The best way to get a solid feel for the short story as a literary form is to learn from the stories themselves. Become a voracious and eclectic reader. Read stories in abundance. Read literary stories and stories from a variety of genres—mystery, science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance. Read classic stories by acknowledged masters and recently published works by writers whose reputations are still developing. Read traditional stories and experimental ones. You will gain an intuitive sense of how to make a story work.

****************************************************************
--文章注释--
derive... from... 从...中获得...
brevity  n.(讲话, 文章等)简短
evoke  vt.唤起, 引起, 博得
mosaic  n.综合,集合体
jagged  adj.参差不齐的
vantage point=view point视角,观察点
craft  n.手艺,技术
voracious  n.adj.狼吞虎咽的, 贪婪的
eclectic  adj. 兼收并蓄的, 博采的
genre  n.类型, 流派
intuitive  adj.直觉的

打印】 【关闭
 文章评论问答
 我有话说
用户:
互助学习,共同进步 [ 注册会员 ]
内容:
  栏目推荐文章
职场英语网
联系我们 | 设为首页 | 加入收藏
版权所有 © 2006 职场英语网 京ICP备06061387号