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These days, Michael publishes all his new work in Kindle format. Much of his earlier work is now out of print, and some of the printed books listed on Amazon are only available secondhand; but most of this earlier output will gradually be republished in Kindle versions. In addition, there are some brand-new publications, listed on Amazon Kindle for the first time anywhere. To take a look at Michael's output and see what appeals to you, click on the Kindle category below and scroll down.
Michael Allen is also known for his practical books for writers:
How to Write a Short Story that Works
The Truth about Writing
On the Survival of Rats in the Slush Pile
From 2004-07, Michael wrote a daily blog, the Grumpy Old Bookman. Still available online, this contains over one million words of essays, book reviews, and useful information for writers. Michael has recently reopened this blog for occasional reviews, news, and opinion pieces.
Top Customer Reviews
Too my simple amazement, I must admit that the book was so enjoyable with lots of humor included. The book made a promise, and it made it come completely true for me - how to write a short story that really works.
The writer starts by explaining a little bit about the history (and even though I thought, what the heck?) I continued reading, and was pleasantly surprised at the bit of savvy knowledge that I gained from this part. He then continues to describe what the short story is exactly, how to approach it, how to think up one, how to check that your story works, how to sit down and write, and then even how to edit.
I was quite taken aback when I realized that the text was finished - I wanted some more. So, I guess I'd just have to order some more of this writer's books.
You're paying very little money for a good weight in knowledge and practicality, and after having read this, I don't think you'd need more of this kind of book. It could be that this is the ONLY one you'd ever need to read. It's a job very well done and not technical at all. It's just a good read with a laugh or two put in at stages to make the enjoyment just so much better. Well done Mr. Allen.
I give it four stars due to my disappointment in the fact that the text was over too soon.
As I said in the beginning though, if you can slog through his clear bias against quality writing, he outlines some useful ideas and tools for short story writing.
Not one of them ever spelled it out exactly--like ingredients for a cake (a cup of this, and a spoon of that)--how to write a story.
This little book does just that. Not to mention a few reality checks along the way to keep one grounded.
I believe I learned more from this one little book than I have from all the other books on writing I've read, combined.
For the first time in my life, I came away from a book knowing the actual steps to take to write a sucessful short story.
This book will definitely be my Christmas gift to a number of my writing friends who will appreciate this little gem, as I have done.
Great job, Mr. Allen. Hats off to you, my dear fellow!
Frances, aka Alora Silverleaf
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is, hands down, the only book on the art of writing short stories that I've found helpful! Michael Allen shares valuable knowledge on how to write a short story that really... Read morePublished on April 8, 2013 by Amazon Customer
A very good guide on how to write a short story particularly good for a newcomer. Some very good tips worth the price and worth the time invested to read itPublished on February 2, 2013 by A M James
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