Some time ago I read the book in the picture above. It is called Writing Short Stories A Writers' & Artists' Companion by Courttia Newland and Tania Hershman. This is not the cheapest book in the world but it is worth every penny.
One of the chapter titles is Stories, those little slices of life. For me that sums up in just a few well chosen words, what short stories are all about. They are a small glimpse into another world, or a means of looking at the ordinary in a different and unexpected way. The writer of short stories must use every highly crafted and well chosen word to draw the reader in. This has to be done from the first sentence. There is no room for extraneous words or any which do not move the story forward. I think that chapter title says it all. I could picture exactly what the author meant and where she was going with the chapter. A truly brilliant example.
The book is broken down into three parts as follows:
1. This gives the history of short stories as well as setting down their form and what they are. This gives context and is a fascinating introduction. The authors have made this highly informative and readable. I found the section on genre short stories to be particularly interesting. Who knew that there were aspects of crime short stories in the middle ages. For a crime writer this nugget of information leapt off the page.
2. This chapter is choc full of hints and tips from leading short story writers. These are all different but taken as a whole will help the short story writer to develop their craft exponentially. Choosing wisely from amongst these nuggets should help the writer to make their short story powerful and resonate with readers.
3. This contains advice on how to hone your craft as a writer of short stories. It contains useful advice, ideas and exercises. This is a very practical section which should be used wisely and extensively.
Overall I think this is a book which all writers of short stories should read. It will help you to move your writing forward and lift it to the next level.
If you enjoy sort stories then the writers of this blog have published several anthologies as in the first three images above. The fourth image is a crime anthology in which I have a story. I can promise you entertainment and an eclectic mix of tales. More information can be found on Amazon.
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Wendy lives, and writes, in Dundee Scotland. She has four books out in the DI Shona McKenzie Mysteries. Her YA Mystery, The Dagger's Curse, will be published on 10th September, 2016 by Books to Treasure. This is the first in the Fergus and Flora Mysteries. She is also a public Speaker and can be contacted for speaking engagements through her website