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ISBN: 0768910846
Author: Arco
Language: English
Publisher: Arco; Revised, Subsequent edition (July 21, 2002)
Pages: 135
Category: Writing Research & Publishing Guides
Subcategory: Reference
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 642
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Use short stories to illustrate the points of short story writing! (I honestly wish that more books would do this. This book is basic; and I'd expect nothing less of a "How To" book as thin as 135 pages.

Use short stories to illustrate the points of short story writing! (I honestly wish that more books would do this. The problem with this technique is that the short stories in this book (with the exception of one, which I'll whine about later), were so poorly written that it made me think, "If the best I can do after reading this book is the example, let me kill myself now and never write again. How to Write Short Stories reminds us that every good short story has a setting, a plot (with conflict), character development, and a theme.

Using short story writing methods will help you achieve that within your .

Using short story writing methods will help you achieve that within your chapters. This is what allows people to relate to you as an author, which pulls them in deeper and makes the core message of your book resonate with them more. Now you know how to write a short story! It can seem a little scary, but with these tips, you’ll be off to creating some really captivating stories.

I bought this book when I first started writing fanfiction. It wasn't very helpful because, even though I was a novice writer, I'd done enough writing to have a method and style all my own. I did a lot of looking around for books of this sort, and this was the most recommended one. It's well organized, with plenty of real examples, and as a reference book it's quite good. However, I didn't really need it. I think I'll keep it, just for reference, but if someone out there would rather have it, just let me know

For many writers, the short story is the perfect medium. Pick an interesting setting. Another key element of a short story is the setting, or where the events of the story are taking place.

For many writers, the short story is the perfect medium. While writing a novel can be a Herculean task, just about anybody can craft-and, most importantly, finish-a short story  .

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Writing a short story differs from writing a novel in several key ways: There is less space to develop characters . After the final full stop the crucial revision process begins: 9: How to write a short story that gets published: Rewrite for clarity and structure.

Writing a short story differs from writing a novel in several key ways: There is less space to develop characters, less room for lengthy dialogue, and often a greater emphasis on a twist or an ‘a-ha’ realization. How to write a short story in ten steps: 1: Devise an intriguing scenario. 2: Plan what publications you will submit your final story to. 3: Find the story’s focus before you start. Revising is just as important when writing short stories as it is when writing novels. A polished story greatly increases your chance of publication.

Eighteen short stories by famous and little known authors compassing the period 1839 - 1914. 04 Story 4 The Watkinson Evening (1846) by Eliza Leslie download. Summary by David Wales). 05 Story 5 Titbottom's Spectacles (1854) by George William Curtis download.

An update of the classic guide to constructing insightful, well-crafted short stories.

Very short stories, also called "short short stories" and "flash fiction" have become . The more short short stories you write, the better your chance of striking gold.

Very short stories, also called "short short stories" and "flash fiction" have become very popular. These stories can be as short as a few paragraphs or even a few lines. It's like a magic trick, packing a whole story into such a small space. The reader doesn't get to see how they fix their relationship - there isn't room for that in the story. Generate lots of material, and then choose the most promising drafts to revise.

Offers advice on using characters, setting, plot, and dialogue to create an effective short story and includes sample short stories with analysis.

Comments:

Jogas
This book was bought for my 10 year old granddaughter that loves to write short little stories. I thought I would try this book and see if she could use it. She loved it! It gave her some great ideas in an easy to understand way. She will be able to refere back to this book many times.
Munigrinn
Anyway, I wouldn't recommend it. The advice is trite and far too elementary for almost anyone who's read another book on writing. I suppose that if you've just started writing and want some very basic advice, that it might be a great book. But if you know what a plot, characters, "show not tell" is, etc. you've already hit all the points that this book has to offer, probably with better examples.

One of the grave disappointments of this book were the short stories. It sounds like a great idea, right? Use short stories to illustrate the points of short story writing! (I honestly wish that more books would do this.) The problem with this technique is that the short stories in this book (with the exception of one, which I'll whine about later), were so poorly written that it made me think, "If the best I can do after reading this book is the example, let me kill myself now and never write again." Most semi-competent writers can well exceed the level of the short stories presented as examples, which gives some idea as to their mediocrity. (That said, I might recommend this book to a fifth grader who was trying to learn how to write. But if you're not a fifth grader, I'd find a different manual.)

The one exception to the "lousy short story" problem was a Nathaniel Hawthorne story given as an example at the end of the book. My ears perked up when I saw this, as I was truly hoping that now we would learn to write something on par with a writer who was actually good. (If somewhat out-dated) Alas, 95% of the discussion of the story was literary description - the themes, the moods, the history - not bad things, but it was more geared at the English lit types than at the creative writing types. There was a very brief section on techniques to improve writing that could be gathered from this short story. But honestly, these techniques were just a rehashing of the same ones described previously.

Too long, don't read, but...you can do better. I wouldn't bother.
Malodred
I'd recommend this book, BUT only to short story writers who are considering the short story medium; that's to say, newer writers who are just starting to get a feel for the short story. This book is basic; and I'd expect nothing less of a "How To" book as thin as 135 pages. How to Write Short Stories reminds us that every good short story has a setting, a plot (with conflict), character development, and a theme. The book dives into dialogue and description, but the examples aren't that great. Is your story best told in the first or third person, or some variation? This book also opens the door to the strengths and weaknesses of perspective. It's not a bad book and it reads quickly, but it feels like a creative writing 101 class at a local community college. (Nothing against community colleges. I received my first two degrees from a community college.) The best part of this book is that it uses "The Birthmark" by Nathaniel Hawthorne as one of its samples. (However, is analyzing a classic without analyzing a modern written short story wise? That is like analyzing the movie, "Casablanca" as an approach to making movies today. The classics are great, but we need to look at the art form across time.)
Gna
Even though this is a book for learning to write short shorts, I believe, this book can teach anyone to write! Each chapter of a novel is very much a short story. Sharon Sorenson's one hundred and thirteen page book takes you thorough defining and characterizing a story. Writing the beginning and ending and go thorough a check list to complete your story. You will study a short story model, learn to create characters, develope plots, establish setting and learn the all important models for point of view. Reading this book did all these things and more for me! Take your time and read and read and re-read this book.

Author J.D. Holiday
Chinon
This is a great guide to have after you've read all those articles and books on short story writing. Not a deep, wordy book on the art of short story writing, it neatly summarizes most of the points you were supposed to get out of that other reading. Each section includes outlines/checklists for analyzing the various elements of a short story (character, plot, dialog, POV, etc...) and sample stories for illustration. (The last third of the book is a detailed study of Hawthorne's "The Birthmark," which I just skimmed.)
I would guess that advanced writers might find this book too elementary, but as a student, it's been an extremely useful guide that brought the short story writing process into focus.
Leyl
Ms. Sorenson's book was the perfect accompanament to a short story course I took last January 2002 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The course taught how to write short stories that get accepted for literary magazines. It was taught by a young woman with a Master's Degree in Creative Writing. The course was excellent and when I found this book, I felt it was the course all over again. It covers so much of what we took, and, of course, I couldn't remember everything. This book, which I have already read once, is the perfect reference book for writing literary short stories. I have been recommending it to anyone interested in the short story writing form. I can't tell you how happy I was to have found it. I have read so many books on how to write short stories and they all tend to be the same, but this one takes your hand and walks you step by step through the process. I can't praise this book enough.
Keep up the good work, Ms. Sorenson.
Sandra Merz.

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