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How To Write a Short Story (Sparknotes Ultimate Style)

by John Vorwald, Ethan Wolff (Author)

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I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, it has good information and is presented well. It is easy to read and has good examples from common short stories.

On the other hand, I don't feel it delivers what it promises, guidance for writing a short story. Almost all of the book discusses material that is generic to fiction writing. Little focuses on the short story, it often felt like an afterthought.

I would have liked, and expected the book to assume a moderate knowledge of writing and to focus on the distinctions unique to writing a short story.

Overall, it is a very good writing reference, but not a good one for short stories. ( )
  Nodosaurus | Oct 6, 2016 |
I bought this book the summer before I started my MFA in Creative Writing; I loved it then and I love it now. I have to say it's the best writing book I've read. It's put out by SparkNotes, so everything is very simplistic and easy to follow. The short stories referenced are those often required for school, so the reader most likely already has a basic knowledge. The book then takes apart these stories to exemplify different terms and methods. The approach is hands-off enough to let your creative mind take over and keep you inspired. ( )
  howifeelaboutbooks | Nov 4, 2015 |
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