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Let's Write a Short Story: How to Write and Submit a Short Story Paperback – June 1, 2013
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About the Author
Joe Bunting is a professional ghostwriter, writer, and editor. He is the publishers of The Write Practice, a daily online writing workbook twice named as a Top 10 Blog for Writers. He lives in the foothills of the Appalachians with his wife and son.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book feels short, structurally uneven, and at times cobbled together. A good example of the latter being when, three quarters of the way through the book, the section "How to Get the Most of Your Stories" inexplicably builds an argument that, as a /novelist/, you should consider writing /short stories/ to build a platform to promote your /novel/. I found this disconnect from both the earlier chapters and the section heading... disorienting. Weren't we talking about short stories? I'm sorry to say it, but it felt like the passage was being recycled from a blog post without being sufficiently reworked.
It should also be noted that something in the tone of the section "8 Literary Techniques of Prize-Winning Stories" feels almost... tongue-in-cheek. It's as if Bunting /knows/ that advising young writers to "have a wide scope", "write long sentences", and "make... allusion[s] to the Bible [and] Moby Dick" in hopes of lending /literary merit/ to their works is a little ridiculous, but... he's decided to do it anyway.
I do think the writer's heart is in the right place, but I'd wait to read this one until it's been either A) retitled to better reflect its contents (provided you're interested in them) or B) reworked to include more than the three short chapters that actually address the proposed subject matter: /writing a short story/. Possibly the best approach would be to rework and tighten the three chapters that stick to the subject matter, and reduce the price. It's on their merits that the book warrants three stars.
It's a quick read though... and I did enjoy it. Given the low price, it's worth it I'd say.
I had not considered that before with my own partial drafts that are sitting on my hard drive.
In addition, the formatting I found to be distracting. No matter what font I switched to on my Kindle device, it did not change, except the size and the size was either too small or too huge. There was no middle ground. My eyes are bad, but they're not horrible to the point of needing enormous font. It made me think the author had done a generic PDF of the document first or had someone else format it for him who did not know what they were really doing. I have put PDF's on my Kindle with similar results. This definitely has made it hard to enjoy the book as much as I would have otherwise.
By the way, I also purchased the associated workbook.