Monday, September 3, 2012

Book Review: Let's Write A Short Story

A new feature that I am hoping to accomplish on my blog is to share some of the great books I have been reading.  This week, I am going to share with you a book written by Joe Bunting.

Before reading the book Let's Write a Short Story, I didn't really even know what made a short story. Mr. Bunting's book helped educate, informe and encourage me on my quest in learning the craft of writing. After reading the book (and doing some of the practice applications):
  • I now know what makes up a short story
  • I have some great resources on publication possibilities
  • I have set a few goals
  • I have a clearer understanding in the unique world of writing
Let me share a few highlights of this great book:
  • A challenge to write a short story every week
  • Rejection is a badge of honor and by writing short stories I will be rejected sooner than if I wait until I submit a novel.
  • That the privilege of being a writer is capturing the world's stories and putting them in a form that can be shared.
  • Great guidelines on the how to write a short story.
  • To be accountable and share on my blog that I intend to write a short story by the end of the month. (YES!)
I loved the easy to read style of this book, along with the tools shared on how to launch a career, become a better writer and small, practical steps towards publications.  Not only is there practical tools and application steps, Joe has sprinkled encouragement throughout the book. At the end of the book, Joe shares many resources which I can't wait to check out.  This is one "craft" book, I will be referring and recommending often. Thanks Joe for helping a newbie learn.


Susan said...

Thanks for the review, Kim. I've followed Joe for years and wondered if I needed this. I don't really write stories, but it's always helpful to have good storytelling skills.

Julia Tomiak said...

Kim, I can't wait to pick up this book! I'd like to start writing some short stories- I think it will help me grow as a writer, for all of the reasons you listed! Thanks for sharing this wonderful resource!

Roxane B. Salonen said...

This sounds great, Kim. I can't wait to read what else you learn as you journey forward. Also, I read it, now you're accountable. :)

Marie said...

I am a big fan of short stories..Alic Munro is one of my favorite short story writers of all time. This book sounds very interesting - thanks for sharing a review with us

Cheryl Barker said...

This sounds really interesting. I haven't tried fiction yet, and a short story would be a great place to start. Will add this to my list of books to check out.