New Book! "Let’s Write a Short Story" by Joe Bunting

One of the nice perks about writing book reviews on your blog is that occasionally you get the chance to read books before they become available to the public. This is one of those times. 

“Let’s Write a Short Story” by Joe Bunting is just being released Wednesday, August 22nd of 2012, the same day that this post is going live. However, I received a digital version of the book a week ago from the author, read it and am actually writing this blog on the Saturday, August 18th. I’ve been granted that privilege a few times in the past, but I must say that this is only one so far that I will actually be keeping and opening back up again.

First off, I’d like to say that I feel the title sells the book short. It gives the impression that all you’re going to find in the book is a lesson on how to write a good short story. You will find those basics in the book, but that is really only a portion of what the book is about.

One of the main focuses in the book is the value of writing short stories. Not only are short stories marketable, they are also valuable for the improvement of your writing skills and the building of a platform or following for a writer. 

The recycling of unfinished novels into short stories was one of my favorite parts of the book. He talked about finding chapters or smaller portions of one of those books you’ve started but not finished that can become a short story in itself. You might even create a whole series of related stories.

Bunting also includes plenty of resources and instruction regarding submitting your stories to literary magazines for publishing. 

The book is an easy, quick read with just over 140 pages, plus a dozen or so pages of resources in the back of the book. He really covers every thing you need to know about writing, editing and submitting short stories, but the area of the book that I enjoyed the most was the Introduction. So, don’t skip the introduction.

You’ll find gems like this: 

“It’s fine to write as a hobby. Writing is fun. However, if you just write what you feel like you will improve a lot slower than you will if you “test” yourself by constantly submitting your work for publication.”
“The benefit of writing short stories is that they allow you to get rejected sooner. If you write a novel, it could take years for your work to be rejected. With short stories, you could be rejected in weeks. Rejection is the best teacher you can have. You will learn more about writing from having your work rejected than from a years worth of writing courses.” 

I had my first short story published in a literary journal last year. I guess it’s time to write another one. How about you?

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