The Art of Creating Story

The Art of Creating Story

An educative volume with essays about the process of creating fictional story; interviews with authors, editors, publishers, and a Pulitzer Prize winner on the writing process; and original short stories that illustrate concepts and techniques of storytelling in prose. Major topics include: characterization, narration, character-based plotting, dialogue, drama, point of view, significance, and revision.

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Online Course - Creating Literary Story

This online learning course is the culmination of author and educator, William H. Coles 24 years of experience writing award-winning literary novels, short stories, and poems.

With this course, you will learn, in eight lessons, to create effective characters with action scenes, conflict resolution, change, identifiable core desire, enlightenment, and working dialogue; and you will learn to structure dramatic literary plots that are character-based, narrated effectively, and created with agreed-upon prose that lasts as an art form.


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Creating Literary Stories
McDowell by Coles
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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I really liked this book because of the morals involved. It made me stop and wonder about some actions that I may have taken in my personal and professional life that may have been harmful to others. Sometimes something that can be insignificant to you can be harmful to others. Definitely, something […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell, written by William H. Coles, was absolutely captivating throughout. It presents the characters and scenes in a way that makes them truly believable, and makes one forget it is a fictional read. The way it made me feel, as I read the beginning, contradicted how I felt by the ending. I […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org It was an honor and privilege to write this review for the novel, McDowell. The author, William H. Coles, is a literary genius who created a dramatic story about a surgeon’s adventures through a tumultuous life. The book was very believable, especially considering the author’s background of ophthalmic surgery. He allowed the […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org Each chapter explains the many aspects of fiction writing, with examples that help explain the points made. I could find no mistakes, the book is well edited. It has no foul language. There were no grammar mistakes i found while reading the book. The thing I liked most about the book is […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I liked most about the book was how straight-forward and honest the advice was. The author did not miss a beat to talk about what will be the downfall of a writer. I also liked that he mentioned humour and how it can be tough to please every reader. The appendix […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org For anyone getting fumbled on how to formulate dialogue, characterization, in scene descriptions, finding your own voice, and so much more this is a book to treasure. Here is an excerpt from the story that I thought was so simple yet quite on point. “Feelings in a story can be told. “He […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org Writing is a skill. Writing a fiction story requires even more of it. Unlike in a memoir where events in the narration are a reality, a fictional story takes a lot more effort. The author has to put together the characters, come up with a setting, theme, and plot. What’s more, the […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org CREATING LITERARY STORIES: A Fiction Writer’s Guide by William H. Coles explains everything needed to write a literary fiction story, starting off with the basics (definitions and introductions) all the way to the more complicated items. The content is delivered in a fun non-academic way. It’s not easy to achieve this kind […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org Short-story veteran, William. H. Coles condenses his years of experience into this book which attempts to explain the intricacies involved in creating powerful literary fiction stories. Having read a few of Coles’ books, most of which I thoroughly enjoyed, I was quite pleased and excited to finds this manual listed on the […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I liked about the book was how simply the information was presented. That is always a winner for me. It is easy to understand what the author meant and put it to good use. I enjoyed the book because I love writing. I also like to know how other writers approach […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org Inside the book, there are four things that I like. These are the definitions, examples, summaries, and the whys, like “why literary stories fail.” Every chapter starts with the definitions of literary words. These terms are operationally defined as to what their functions in the story that the writers are creating. As […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org This is the first book I have read by this author. He definitely had a way of drawing me in and keeping me interested. I was intrigued as it challenged my emotions and thinking. I am looking forward to reading more novels written by William H. Coles. Personally, I liked the overall […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org The author manages to create emotions of intense sympathy and interest for many of the characters in the reader. His writing is crisp and very effective. Written from the third person narrative, a compelling plot is created that generates excitement and an atmosphere of mounting social tension. An feeling of life in […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I loved best about Guardian of Deceit was the character development. William H. Coles really did a great job of developing almost all the characters that appeared in the book. He made the likes, dislikes, history, attitudes, weekeness etc. of characters such as Sweeney, Mrs Thompson, Helen, Lazlo, known intimately to […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org enjoyed the variety of characters and locales throughout the book. Hiram interacts with many work colleagues, family, and then strangers who become friends in the second half of the book. There is something for just about everyone included in McDowell. I would recommend this book to all readers. There was nothing I […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I rated McDowell, by William H. Coles, 4 out of 4 stars. This is a fascinating and thought-provoking novel. The plot and character development are exceptional, as is the writing and editing. This novel would appeal to the reader who is fascinated by character study and development, and a nuanced examination of […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell is complex and tackles many facets of one man’s life. The book is entertaining, engaging, and reads like a thriller movie. It is told from several different viewpoints and the narrative skips back and forth to provide varying perspectives of a man you love to hate. To be honest, I wasn’t […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell provides a deep dive into the psyche of a textbook narcissist who may have one element in his particular makeup that most with the same personality flaw usually lack: a soul. If Dr. Hiram McDowell is to ever transform himself – if he is to truly evolve – he must accept […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I give McDowell by William H. Coles four out of four stars. This book was unlike any other book I have read. It’s uniqueness as well as how the author was able to change my mind is why I liked it so much. Somewhere along the way, I don’t even know where […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org One of the things I liked most about the book is the way the author uses dialogue to tell the story. The dialogue conveys both straightforward and nuanced information about the characters. For example, when Hiram’s daughter Sophie accuses him of abandoning her as a child, she says, “You’re not like most […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. McDowell by Willaim H Coles was a gripping book about the life of a man who you hated at first. Although his intentions were unusually not honorable, Hiram McDowell was a man learning to change. This quality made him an endearing character and […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell is a novel by William H. Coles. This is the first book I have read by Mr. Coles, but it certainly won’t be the last. Not only is this book exceptionally well-edited, it is a clever, well-written novel with an original plot. I was so intrigued, that as soon as I […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book is a page-turner. The themes revolve around suspense, mystery and drama. The author’s style of writing is captivating and the short chapters add a seamless quality to the book’s structure and flow. The tone of the book is light from beginning to end which adds to the reader’s overall reading […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org I enjoyed reading this book because it is engaging and not monotonous. At first, I thought it’s going to be a bore to read, but the way the author had written the story made me cling onto it more. It is not the usual story that you encounter wherein it’s all about […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org There is no doubt fiction makes a better job of the truth and William H. Cole in his book The Spirit of Want has shed light on this saying. He has dug deeper on the gaping social issues, and who are we not to praise his work. The narration of the book […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org “Great characters are conjured from unthinking trances” is one of the many misconceptions that this book debunks. William H. Coles in writing Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide aimed to provide a practical resource for writers in the literary fiction genre that can be used to improve on the key elements […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org I highly recommend this novel to all beginner writers who need an anchor among these troubled waters of writing, therefore I will give it 4 out of 4 stars. ‘Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide’, by William H. Coles is a book that impressed greatly, giving me useful advice that I […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide by William H. Coles is a classic handbook to help writers design and develop literary stories. The book intended to give the “know-how” about the fiction writing to novice writers, and for experienced writers a “standard” to review their fiction writing. I wish to recommend […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org First, I would like to recall the author’s creative and engaging writing style which leaves the readers stunned. And talking about the context of the book, it was concisely written in an engaging and entertaining perspective, which provoked different arrays of emotions, and was awesomely delivered by the book’s plots. The book […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I am giving McDowell 4 out of 4 stars. At the beginning of the book I immediately disliked the character of McDowell. He is rude, selfish and entitled. He is always thinking everyone should bow down to him and he is only ever thinking of himself. His character is written well though […]

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McDowell I became a strong fan of William H. Coles after reading his novels The Surgeon’s Wife, The Spirit of Want, and Guardian of Deceit, so when I stumbled on McDowell, I knew it would be another spellbinding and well-written story. I wasn’t wrong. It is the same powerful and unique literary voice, focused and steady. […]

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McDowell McDowell by William H. Coles is a novel that follows the rise and fall of a man, surgeon Hiram McDowell. McDowell climbs quickly in his career and gains the respect of his peers and the community. But he is not in the good graces of most of his colleagues, thanks to his callousness and pride. […]

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McDowell McDowell by William H. Coles is a family saga that follows the life of a selfish and arrogant surgeon, who suffers an epic fall from grace, and the path he travels to redemption. McDowell cares for no one but his children. But then he loses everything when his grandson commits multiple murders and fails in […]

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McDowell This is the story of a man named McDowell, who had everything he ever wanted. Whatever he wanted, he achieved and he was proud of it. Envied by his peers, he was arrogant and selfish, but not with his family. He truly loved them and wanted the best for them, so when his grandson commits […]

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McDowell McDowell by William H. Coles is the story of Dr. Hiram McDowell. A celebrated surgeon, Dr. McDowell is single-minded in getting what he wants. His climb to the top is not without casualties and is not without some questionable practices. Cold and calculating, there is no denying his brilliance but when tragedy strikes, his world […]

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Audiobook The Surgeon’s Wife by William H. Coles is a compelling audiobook that follows sophisticated characters through a grueling conflict. Set in New Orleans, it introduces readers to the complicated relationship between Clayton and Mike. Clayton is Mike’s senior, an older practitioner in the field of surgery. As he advances in years, he begins to commit […]

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Audiobook The Surgeon’s Wife by William H. Coles is a mix of romance and family dynamics, a novel that follows two surgeons through a powerful conflict. Mike Boudreaux is a surgeon in New Orleans, mentored by Clayton. Clayton is more interested in trauma surgery, and the problem is that Clayton’s surgeries leave patients with injuries and […]

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Audiobook In McDowell, William H. Coles tells the story of a successful surgeon and his tragic fall, exploring human weakness in unexpected ways. The protagonist is McDowell, a surgeon who is both arrogant and selfish, and who, at the peak of his success, becomes more and more unpopular among his peers. Things go downhill for him […]

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Audiobook McDowell by William H. Coles is the story of an arrogant surgeon who has a rude awakening about what it truly means to be humble. McDowell is a surgeon by profession, but people know him more for his almost uncaring behavior, yet he is highly respected by his fellows. However, all the wealth and the […]

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Audiobook The Surgeon’s Wife by William H. Coles is, in the author’s characteristic style, a character-driven story that follows two multidimensional characters in a conflict that involves profession and love. Clayton is an experienced surgeon who mentored Mike. Clayton is older in the profession and his age also leads him to commit errors that put the […]

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Audiobook McDowell by William H. Coles is an engrossing audiobook that follows a surgeon who loses everything because of his character. McDowell is an exceptional surgeon and as he grows in fame within his ranks, his callous behavior and pride make him unpopular among his colleagues. Even if he has connections with the White House, things […]

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Audiobook The Surgeon’s Wife by William H. Coles is an audiobook that explores the complicated relationship between two medical professionals in New Orleans. Clayton Otherson has been Mike Boudreaux’s mentor and the man who brought him on board. Clayton is getting old and his practice as a surgeon is featuring errors that can be deadly to […]

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Audiobook The Surgeon’s Wife by William H. Coles is a romantic/medical drama that readers of both genres will enjoy. The story follows Mike Boudreaux as he is caught in a moral dilemma. Mike looks up to Clayton Otherson who is his mentor. No one is more shocked than Mike when he falls in love with Otherson’s […]

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Audiobook McDowell by William H. Coles is an audiobook narrated by the author himself, the tale of one man’s struggle to find meaning after losing everything. McDowell is at the peak of his professional life as a surgeon, a man who even got accepted into the president’s cabinet. But his pride and arrogance make him lose […]

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Audiobook McDowell by William H. Coles is an engaging audiobook that follows the tragic story of a successful surgeon, McDowell. He is brilliant and very skilled, a man who is good at his job and who also gets the attention of the White House. But his arrogance and pride make him detested by his peers but […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org The book is fiction and the story is set up in the 1980s. The content of the story revolves around the strong desires and emotions of an attractive and married woman toward a man who has a darker side to him. The book describes the constant inner struggle and guilt of the […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org There are many things I like about this book. All the scenes are extremely descriptive, for one. I felt as though I was going through the events with the characters, especially during the tense scenes. When Lucy was driving under the influence, for example, I could almost feel the anxiety radiating off […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org William H. Coles could not have chosen a more appropriate title for his book. He was able to create this constant tension in the relationships between people by exploring their perverse and inexplicable need to self-immolate. It is not easy to create such complex protagonists that force the readers to plough internally […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org I was fascinated by the author’s unique writing style in which each chapter focuses on a particular character giving a detailed manifestation of events for a particular duration. The story is well balanced and its progression from the onset is quite enthralling and smooth. Even though it is fictional the touching storyline […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org William H. Coles created a really beautiful story with a lot of relatable content and I couldn’t help but keep reading. He gave his main character everything that is normally longed for in life and then went on to make her choose the one thing that is mostly sacrifised in life, contentment. […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org The Guardian of Deceit was an excellent read. From start to finish, I was completely captivated, frantically flipping the pages to see what would come next. One of my favorite parts about this book was how Coles managed to allude to certain things rather than just saying them upfront. So instead of […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org One of Coles’ impeccable writing skills involves capturing the reader’s attention all through his work. Therefore, this would involve some plot deviations that ensured other characters feature in the protagonist’s story as well. As I read along, he introduced me to some people that interacted with Darwin. He also gave them room […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org I gave this book 4 out of 4 stars. This is largely because the human condition was portrayed so flawlessly. The editing was spot on as well. The “human condition” is a concept that encompasses everything dealing with being human and the ups and downs of our existence. As the complex beings […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book has brought tears to my eyes. The author captured concepts of love, family, and relationships in a very unique fashion. I was able to perfectly relate to the painful situations experienced by Darwin. They sounded very realistic. A family gives one a beautiful sense of belonging. It’s second after God. […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys being challenged to consider the consequences of their actions to the world around them. The author doesn’t lay out the answers for the reader. Instead, snippets of facts and decisions made lend the reader to make their own conclusions about right and wrong. […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org In his “Critique of Pure Reason,” Kant says, “All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason.” In the second half of McDowell by William H. Coles, the protagonist tries to buy Kant’s work at a bookstore, but the proprietor refuses to sell it to […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I rated this book a 4 out of 4 stars. The book’s editing was perfect in my opinion. What I liked most about this novel was the element of realism in the story. So full of substance, Coles’s imaginative brain could not have picked a better way to portray Hiram McDowell. His […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I would highly recommend this book. The plot is remarkable. This book kept me on the edge of my seat. It was a good one, a page-turner. Anyone who enjoys fiction would most likely enjoy it. It has a little bit of every type of genre, from action, to romance, to comedy, […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I liked the most about this book is how the author explained the concept of in-scene narration. Not only that, but he included examples to show how it is done. It honestly captured my whole being as an aspiring author. I also liked the whole of chapter 5 in Book Two. […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org Many authors today—in the literary fiction world—tend to imitate writing styles of their favorite or popular authors instead of finding out the correct formula that will result in a perfect masterpiece, capable of surviving for many centuries. As a result, there are many badly written fictional books outside there, dangling in the […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org The fact that William H. Coles provided only relevant information regarding what he spoke about per time was what I liked the most in the book. It was not verbose. This made me agree that it is a guide indeed and not a textbook. I equally appreciated the fact that he tried […]

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The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org The Surgeon’s Wife by William H Coles is a captivating story that explores the subjects of broken families, mental health and unconditional love. The book has a few plot twists and an intriguing storyline which grip the reader’s attention throughout the read. All the characters are well-developed and the root of their […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The book has a total of thirty four short stories, two graphic novel illustrations and one novella. The themes that arise from the book include: teenage pregnancy, child trafficking, love and romance, betrayal and infidelity, flawed justice systems as well as rogue religious leaders. The beauty of short stories is that they […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Every short story and both the graphic novels and not forgetting the novella were mesmerizing and attractive reads. Completely refreshing and captivating. I absolutely appreciate the all-round greatness of this collection of literature. In general, I find books containing collections of literature to have mostly mediocre reads with perhaps one or two […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I give this book a 4 out of 4 stars because of the beauty and flow of its narration. I found no errors or mistakes. The author has a good way with words and he is very creative as well. His characters are enticing and each new story brings out a new […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I like that the book has variety in terms of presentation, theme, and content. This is an excellent book for busy yet voracious readers, for which you can scroll through the pages on your own time, find a story you like, and immerse yourself in your little, made-up world before going back […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Although these stories can be read as stand-alones, they have one thing in common: they’re all human-centred. They are emotional stories that leave you thinking about other people as well as your personal life. Before every story were illustrations that increased my anticipation for what awaited me in them. One memorable illustrated […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I really enjoyed about this book is that every story is unique and replete with an array of emotions and feelings. No single short story in this book leaves the readers with the same sense of experience that they felt in the previous story. This shows how gifted the author of […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I liked most about this book was that even though the stories are short, I was still able to connect with each new character. This has been made possible due to the author’s engaging writing techniques and captivating topics. I also appreciated the mixture of themes that varied from being serious […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Illustrated Short Fictions of William H. Coles: 2000-2016 contains a wide array of stories, graphic novels, and a novella. All of which have interesting endings that play out quite unexpectedly. The author, William H. Coles, manages to present life in both its beauty and cruelty. His stories tackle the joys of young […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Though every narrative was different, there was a writing style that impressed me. The way Coles provided a perspective in each one and the details he wrote were enticing. You can hardly put down the work once you start! There was no disappointing end to any of the stories, some being left […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The author’s clever use of prognostics made me anxious about getting to that pivotal moment when a character’s decision affected the outcome of the story massively. Ultimately, there were lots of unexpected twists in the way the author narrated the stories, and despite long read, it was entertaining and thought-provoking. My verdict […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Most of the stories revolve around the themes of loss and love and sometimes of unrequited love. The author’s compelling narration made this book stand out, even with short stories. These stories mirror reality, and I could relate to many stories. The author uses both first and third-person narration that gave intensity […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Coles’ reputable writing style is generally evident in every story. He uses irony and sarcasm to contradict human behaviour. This helped me to reflect on why some characters behaved the way they did. I was then able to identify with them and even ‘forgive’ their impulsive actions. My favourite story was Suchin’s […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I appreciate about William H. Coles writing is that he gave the stories realistic endings. I can’t deny that there were times where I felt frustrated by how the stories ended because I thought it was unfair. However, life isn’t fair. Things do not always end up the way we imagine. […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I liked most about the book is that despite the brevity of each story, it remains with you. It affects you emotionally. No matter how brief, the pain of the characters can be deeply felt. You find yourself empathizing with them and wish the story went longer. It is also interesting […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles: 2000-2016 by William H. Coles is a collection of 33 short stories, one novella, and two graphic novels. Each story deals with characters that carry the weight of life. Their struggle is developed through stories uniquely. I loved every bit of this book because I […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The characters are woven with immersive and intense personalities that contribute to the depth of the plot and realism of the novel. William H. Coles’ writing is a creditable paradigm of efficient and well-edited work. The appealing and attention-catching stories definitely had me reading on the edge of my seat, drowning me […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org In short, the stories brought out all the emotions in me, laughter, tears, sadness, fear, worry, terror, compassion. Each story had a different flavor to offer, and I savored them all. To quote Coles, his stories were good because “He shows a character by a logical progression of acts and thoughts.” By […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org It has been a pleasure to review Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles: 2000-2016 by William H. Coles. This is a collection of some of the most thought-provoking short stories I have read in a while, each with a unique focus but tied together by some consistencies in style. Coles explores […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I like the writing style of the author. Despite the short length of the tales, Coles’ managed to fit in a unique and thorough plot. What I liked most about the anthology is how it delves into the grey areas of morality and how circumstances can affect one’s decisions. The plight of […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars as I myself am a lover of short stories. It was overall exceptionally well edited, and Coles was able to appeal to every reader at least once in this book through his various themes. Whether you like romance, action or a quick read […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org These stories are carefully crafted. They’re exceptionally-thought out and presented with exemplary coherence. The characters are very relatable too. William H Coles is definitely gifted with the art of evoking emotion. I didn’t find any errors while reading. This means that it was professionally edited. I therefore award this collection a perfect […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org The Spirit of Want is a character-driven story that engaged me just from the beginning due to its omniscient character description, realistic and constantly guessing storyline. There is never a dull moment in the story. The multifaceted characters, changing perspectives, and diverse rituals are the prominent features of this book. The element […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org The Spirit of Want is written in the third person but with different points of view. It has a steady pace and is very engrossing. It is a story of love, lust, deceit, desire, ethics, loss and disappointment. I find every aspect of the book interesting and likable. What I like most […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book was a real eye-opener for me as I discovered how little I actually knew about writing fiction. It is a book filled with so much useful information written in an entertaining manner that held my attention even more than a fictional novel. The author used examples throughout the book to […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org Coles is analytic and precise in explaining the process of writing. He produces several examples of re-writes (and editing) that work best and provides definitions regarding specialized words that need clarification. He writes the book in a rather technical and slightly academic language that might need a bit more concentration to understand. […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org The Spirit of Want by William H. Coles is a book full of intrigues that will keep you reading to the very end. The book does an excellent job of intertwining the lives of three characters, Luke Osbourne, Lucy MacMiel, and Lucy’s younger sister, Elizabeth.I give The Spirit of Want a 4 […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org Humans are creatures with many layers of complexity. William H. Coles paints, in “The Spirit of Want,” a vivid picture of how complex humans can be. Lucy MacMiel has no real love for Luke Osborne and none for her family either. She initially does not want her baby, Jennifer, and she goes […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org The book was quite interesting. There were no monologues dedicated to character development, the author gradually unveiled his characters as the book progressed. The author’s characters remained true till the end. For example, Lucy portrayed a selfish individual who sought after her desires without considering the consequences of her actions while Elizabeth […]

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4/4

The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org The story is interesting and thought-provoking. I felt that it was quite close to reality. It really makes you ask questions to yourself about what love actually is. Is it alright to hurt others in the process of loving someone? The characters were flawed which made them believable. I was able to […]

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4/4

The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org All characters are well-built. The characters manifest the spirits we witness in the world today. For instance, A.J (Lucy’s dad) is a qualified ophthalmologist. He is arrogant, egoistic, and violent. His greedy attitude caused him to lose focus. As a result, he was caught up in a scandal that even his son-in-law, […]

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4/4

The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org I love Coles novels because he uses descriptive writing. The type of writing style that describes people, places and events in such a way that the reader is able to create a clear image in their mind. For instance when he describes Lucy, he writes, ” Lucy had cured-leather tan skin; dark […]

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4/4

The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org Coles demonstrates the spirit of want on all characters, Lucy wants a place where she feels she belongs, how Luke wants true love in his life, how Elizabeth wants her own children and family, how AJ MacMiel and Hower Vain want power, how Agnes wants her freedom from a suffocating marriage. The […]

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4/4

The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book discusses a range of issues in our society today. How people in high places take advantage of those they should be taking care of. William H. Coles talks about religion and a reader can relate the story to real life. My favourite theme was on family. The author wrote a […]

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4/4

The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org First of all, I admire how Williams H. Coles changes the scenes where the reader gets to know what’s happening in different places at the same time. For example, the reader gets to know what was happening in Georgia when Lucy was in Ghana. I also admire the use of many vocabularies […]

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4/4

The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org The storyline is such an interesting one as it unravels mysteries and unimaginable storylines. It is full of suspense and must-read for book lovers. Why would Lucy decide to abort their baby without considering her husband’s opinion or any other persons? among many other questions is one to look forward to. I […]

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4/4

The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org The story is so well-thought-out that I could not find fault. The editing was professional, the cover is superbly done, and the wording couldn’t be any better. There are concepts about faith that may disturb conservatives. However, the author was careful to construct these concepts in a manner that the reader can […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I liked most about this book is the fact that it is educative and as one reads the book there is emotional touch of the story that makes one feel the reality of the story. Coles has brings out the theme of desire, family, crime and among others so well. Again, […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org One of the things I liked most about the book was how fast-paced it was. I never got bored reading it. The book is divided into three sections. The beginning introduces the reader to all the main characters and basically shows Lucy’s life before Hower Bain and at the start of her […]

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"I have rarely listened to short stories, preferring to read them, but I've decided to listen to these. The first time around, I listen purely to the story to see if it moves me; the second time around, I listen with an ear that tries to analyze where they succeed. Interestingly, this process in the second run denotes that the story has in fact moved me or I wouldn't give it a second listen. I'm beginning to really enjoy the process. I've written enough creatively through the years to see the words on a page by listening only. I think Mr. Coles succeeds on a number of levels. For example, in "A Simple Life," the dialogue is great and gives a lot of information about the characters, using vernacular language that not only presents the listener/reader with insight as to who the people are but it hints at what they might look like. Likewise, he endows them with certain physical, mental, and emotional qualities that further brings them to life. To do so simply and deftly is truly a talent. I also listened to this story in terms of narration, how he is handling this part of writing a short story, something I've been focusing my attention on in my own writing. Again, I think he succeeds in this realm, probably the most difficult thing I'm trying to hone right now."

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Illustrated Short Fiction by William H. Coles

The collection of thirty-three award-winning short stories, two graphic novels, and the novella Sister Carrie is available in print and as ebook at Amazon (Kindle click here) and Barnes & Noble.
The stories are crafted by William H. Coles with artistic intensity for engagement and entertainment. Each short story is illustrated by one of six artists commissioned for the story.
“Coles’s stories are inspiring, memorable, and enjoyable–a treasured addition to any library.”
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The award-winning stories and novels of William H. Coles. Each unique, character-based with dramatic plots, and written as an art form to engage, entertain, and enlighten. Read by the author.

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