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- Publication Date: January 17, 2014
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The Art of the Very Short Story: A Guide for Readers and Writers Kindle Edition
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For example, he talks about context, metaphor, surprises or twists, characterization, and setting among other things and gives a lot of good examples.
I found this an extremely useful book on writing and would recommend it to anyone who writes, not just very short story authors.
The author acknowledges right from the beginning that many are writing very short stories these days, little has been written about them, and from what this reader has seen, he's correct. He goes on to demonstrate, and quite skillfully, that a well-crafted very short story can be written, and as he says, "a breath is all you need."
There are examples throughout this 53-page Kindle edition. Some of them initially left this reader scratching my head, but reading through many of them, the pure brevity of the sentences and words began to stimulate the imagination. Some did little for me; most kicked my imagination and creativity into high gear.
Keeping this review short and sweet, this is a good title for those (of us) who question whether our writing may be too long-winded. Better than that, The Art of the Very Short Story may help to stimulate the imagination. If it doesn't the first time around, it's short enough to go through again. Author Charlie Close may be onto something here, but see for yourself.
It's loose, he misses points, he labels things 'story', that are not stories.
So, Charles is 'close', but, no cigar.
Then I thought; "hey, wait a minute". What if.
As in, 'if it ain't broke' etc.
This is 'broke'. Brilliant. A flawless demonstration, would have left the reader, possibly feeling inferior, or, with nothing left to do.
Instead, you think you could do this. Maybe even better. You could make the 'bad ones' good. So, you start 'doing', instead of 'just sitting'. Presumably, the fundamental objective of a guide book. Instead of urging us not to procrastinate, he throws us at it.
My dilemma. The doubt. Was this design or accident? If design, I must award a 6.
But hey! It works. So, 6. Oh! I can give 5, max. O.K. 5.
I picked up this book because I had no clue about how these tiny stories would work and I wanted to understand this art form. I found 'The Art of the Very Short Story' to be a clearly written and useful introduction to the very short story. Thank you, Charlie Close.
The story shorts were excellent examples as you read. Read it slowly. Savor it. Flip a word or two, or perhaps a sentence. See if you don't start spying at your writing with new eyes.