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- Print Length: 113 pages
- Publication Date: September 22, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FDUMTRE
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,379 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
SHORT STORY: From FIRST Draft to FINAL Product Kindle Edition
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Why? First off, the honesty with which Milton shares his writing process, everything from spelling mistakes, plot and pacing issues, is refreshing and incredibly encouraging. We often only see the final products on shelves and then blame ourselves for not getting the story out "picture perfect" the first time around. Second, his insights learnt from this process, both in the Line-By-Line edits as well as the summarized tips and tricks section holds a goldmine of handy tips, practical approaches and general encouragement.
Whether you want to write short stories, or even if you're looking at a fresh approach to longer works, I can recommend this book. Don't let the quick read fool you - you'll be going back time and again to revisit this handy guide!
However, it was a rock solid writing resource and I felt it was time well spent. I very much appreciated the author using his own fiction as a start to finish guinea pig in getting across his main points. Not only does he provide real-time examples of crits he had received, he is also generous in sharing a variety of resources that have helped him improve his writing, allowing leeway for the multitude of different writer styles out there--from those who like to plot and plan vigorously and painstakingly to those who want just a quick seat of the pants sketch of where their story is going.
And he imparts all this information without belaboring the points over 200-300 pages. In this rush rush world, I appreciate the speed-lesson.
Well worth taking a look. I found the content spot on--including the idea that every reader will interpret a story differently and the author ultimately has to put their own mark on their work. While I really loved the final version of his short fiction, I, along with the last commentary used in his book, felt he lost just a little in the revisions.
In any case, this is good book for the writer's toolkit.
Milton's story, THE BATHHOUSE, is engagingly sentimental (even after reading all versions of it, the length of this book) and his wit and wisdom as he breaks it down, along with providing actual editorial-type notes from reviewers of his story, really give you an inside view of the process.
While it is not exactly a "how-to-guide" in the sense that it lays out all the steps and spoon feeds you, it is a valuable resource that shows how a story should evolve over the course, from initial draft through completed, final draft. There are some sections on style and structure which are minimal, but helpful. However, if you are looking for an inspiring book on writing, that allows you to view a work in all stages (saying to you "Maybe my stories should be taken back out of the drawer and worked on"), and is written in a witty way, this is the book. Rekindle your enthusiasm for writing short fiction with Milton's book.
I also took a lot from the writing tips. I'm more of a lone wolf writer than the author and must admit that I've even been pretty snobby about writing classes, viewing the craft as something you learn by doing. But it's clear Michael picked up a lot of top advice in his studies over the year and has applied it to not only improve his writing but come to his own original conclusions about what makes great work. I may have to come out of my shell and interact with writers who know more than me more often.
I'm glad I read this book and would definitely give more of his work a look in the future.
I opened this book by accident--I was looking for a short story to read at bedtime, and instead found myself reading about writing a short story. Bedtime came and went while I finished this in one sitting. I'm a technical writer, not an "author." But now I see how a short story evolves from something that I could write into something that I would want to read.