The Art & Craft of the Short Story by Rick DeMarinisI ordered this book without looking at it first because I’ve enjoyed a lot of DeMarinis’s stories, but I don’t think I would have bought it if I’d skimmed it in a bookstore. Not that it is a bad book. I think it is probably a great book on writing short stories, especially for those just starting on that path. It’s the kind of book I wish I’d had years ago, not that there isn’t something to learn from it now. It’s just that it didn’t help me to understand a better way to write about emotions the way Hood’s Creating Character Emotions did. And it didn’t teach me to read better as a writer the way Bell’s Narrative Design: Working with Imagination, Craft, and Form did. DeMarinis does provide good examples from famous stories, and those are always good reminders. He also included a half dozen of his own stories in their entirety, so that’s a nice bonus.
Six elements of great short stories
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The Writing Cooperative
W elcome to the first post in a series about short story writing. Are you interested in writing, are you starting out, do you want to hone your writing skills or perhaps want to try expressing yourself through a short story for the first time? Then this series is for you! Why did I start writing short stories? Well, because I wanted to become better at writing for starters.
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