- File Size: 338 KB
- Print Length: 78 pages
- Publisher: ideas4writers (May 16, 2012)
- Publication Date: May 16, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0083YRFI0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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- #3513 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Reference > Writing, Research & Publishing Guides > Writing Skills
- #4170 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > Two hours or more (65-100 pages) > Education & Reference
- #8185 in Books > Reference > Writing, Research & Publishing Guides > Writing > Writing Skills
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They also cover what to do if your story doesn't win, where to go from there, so you can get back on track and keep going. This is an excellent point, considering that the majority of stories won't be chosen, even stories by writers who will eventually make names for themselves years down the road. The discussion on this and many related topics truly gives you an insider's perspective on what judges are looking for.
Near the end of the book, one of the most interesting parts is where one of the authors shares where he gets his ideas from. He describes his experiences with sources as well as offering some valuable tips for writers. On this same note, the other author (Dave Haslett) has written a book that shows you how to easily come up with more ideas for writing than you can ever imagine. Brilliant ideas. The Fastest Way to Get Ideas: 4,400 Essential What Ifs for Writers This reviewer has read hundreds of "how to get ideas" books, books on writing, creativity, etc., but not one of them offers even half of what The Fastest Way to Get Ideas does. Highly recommended.
How to Win Short Story Competitions is a very useful and interesting book, yet the reason for the 4-star ranking is that it feels a bit too brief, despite covering a lot of ground overall.
This book contains not only what judges are looking for, but also what one should avoid. This included a list of no-no plotlines, which I found most illuminating.
Naturally there are the usual nuts and bolts of writing: character, inventiveness, voice, dialogue, show don't tell, narrative intrusion, etc., but there are other gems including competition websites, a discussion on software tools for writers and more.
Finally there is a sample short story with critique and marking.
This book was especially interesting to me because I had just published my own collection of short stories "... and the man who loved cats". However, my stories were not intended for competition and if I did break any of the rules, I claim poetic license.
I appreciated the Q&A format, which allowed me to chew on the bite-sized chunks of practical knowledge and wisdom coming from the authors.
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