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- Publisher: The Write Practice (June 22, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 22, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01HH20012
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How to Win a Writing Contest (Let's Write a Short Story Book 3) Kindle Edition
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He advises that you Publish right away. I thought, wait, I can't do that till everything is completed and edited. No, he says, post articles, show pieces to your friends, get feedback, gain confidence. Yes! Makes perfect sense once I read it.
It's really two books in one. The second half of the book tells how to write literary fiction, the kind needed to win a Pulitzer. I didn't know the difference between regular and literary fiction, so reading this part was enlightening. It was also validating: I noticed that I already do a lot of those things in my writing. Not that I expect to earn a Pulitzer, but still . . .
Contests are in a whole league of their own in the writing world, and Joe really helps narrow down what makes a good short story, how those stories are usually reviewed after the deadline, and provides an in-depth look into the world of writing contests as a whole.
Echoing what Joe says, writing contests are a great way to strengthen your writing, continue to push yourself, and hopefully add a publication or two under your belt. This book would be suitable for serious and non-serious writers alike -- as long as you're interested in any form of a writing contest, this book is for you!
His book provides useful tools and suggestions which walk you through the process from start to finish. Everything from how to find a contest; to what to do and, more importantly, what NOT to do to be a successful contestant; and how to rewrite your story until it becomes perfected and gets published is provided. There is even a section on how to handle rejection.
While he doesn't tell us it's always easy, his guide is a useful tool for eliminating some of your worst headaches before they start. Not reading this book would be like trying to perform open heart surgery for the first time with absolutely no assistance.