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Past Perfect Present TenseCompiled for the first time here are all of Newbery Award– winning author Richard Peck’s previously published short stories and two brand new ones From comedy to tragedy to historical to contemporary; from Priscilla and the Never let it be said that Richard Peck is shy about expressing his opinion From the introduction to this short story compilation A short story like fiction of any length is about change Even in a handful of pages the characters can't be the same people in the last paragraph whom we meet in the first If there's no change there's no story unless you write fiction for The New Yorker magazineYeahhhhh There's good stuff In real life we have epiphanies all the time But we wait for them to go away Change is too hard and too threatening That's why we have fiction Stories are better than real life or we wouldn't have themAll stories begin with those same two words What if? A story isn't what is It's what if? Fiction isn't real life with the names changed It's an alternate reality to reflect the reader's own world But what is a short story not? It's not a condensation of a novel or an unfinished one It's not Cliffs Notes to anything It has its own shape and profile It's not the New York skyline; it's a single church spire Its end is much nearer its beginning and so it can be overlookedOne tends to overpraise a long book because one has got through it said E M Forster a novelist His tongue was in his cheek but he makes a pointThe short story is much misunderstood There are even aspiring writers who think they'll start out writing short stories and work their way up to the big time novels It doesn't work like that A short story isn't easier than a novel It has so little space to make its mark that it reuires the kind of self mutilating editing most new writers aren't capable of It has less time to plead its caseAnd that's just the introductionThis book really is a masterclass on short stories from a great author's insights on them to his actual work They're gems It's interesting Peck is fabulous at historical fiction but he's also really really good at contemporary Priscilla and the Wimps which like he says in his introduction does end in a bang is something that I can so clearly see kids with a revengejustice bent loving Then there's I Go Along which is great and made even poignant by Peck's concluding note which says he met Gene when he was a teacher only that Gene didn't get on the busAnd then there are his ghost stories Some of them are fabulous And I love how open ended he leaves them how much thought they generate as a result And then and then there's the conclusion It's titled How to Write a Short Story It's funny how your brain plays tricks on you; I remember this being part of the introduction It's not but it is still here It's why I reread this book As much as I like the introduction and the actual stories it's this section that's stuck with me the longest Specifically this part view spoiler You saw something today that would make a short story I did I was flying back home to New York this afternoon in the aisle seat We were buckled up for the approach over Manhattan island and that curve across water to LaGuardia Airport How many times have I made that trip with nothing in mind than wanting to get on the ground and in a cab and home? Today I looked aside at the man in the window seat and he was crying His hand was over his eyes and his face was wet with tears I looked past him and we were flying directly over the site of the World Trade Center Its empty footprintThere may be a story in that someday when I'm not so near tears myself If there is I'll make it as real as I can with special care about the voices But it won't be anything that actually happened It will have a different shape a beginning a middle an end At the end change will have taken place That's all I know so far Something in the real world jogs or jars and you tuck it away We write from observation not experience It's easier to write about other people maybe because you can see all the way around them and the backs of their headsYou saw something today too What was it? hide spoiler

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PDF Ç BOOK Past Perfect Present Tense FREE ¹ RICHARD PECK ☆ [Read] ➳ Past Perfect Present Tense Author Richard Peck – Gwairsoft.co.uk Compiled for the first time here are all of Newbery Award– winning author Richard Peck’s previously published short stories and two brand new ones From comedy toL thrill at Peck’s engaging short fiction Complete with the author’s own notes on the stories as well as tips and hints for aspiring writers and two new stories this vibrant and varied collection offers something for everyo No surprise I LOVED the historical stories The supernatural stories creeped me out The present time stories were okay but felt lonely Reading Richard Peck's own voice was interesting though and highly educational In the end he's still a genius and he's still my favorite writer

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Wimps Peck’s first short story to Shotgun Cheatham’s Last Night Above Ground which inspired both A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder to The Electric Summer Peck’s jumping off point for Fair Weather readers wil Richard Peck just astounds me His works are prolific and he caries well a wide variety of genres This is a compilation of his short stories Each is just as powerful as his novels yet speak well as short stories Almost every one left me wanting yet satisfied with what he gave Each is witty and left me thinking about all that was both said and unsaid in each They offer a wonderful teaser to anyone who hasn't read Peck's work yet; and believe me you'll get hookedWarnings none