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How to Write Short Stories

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  38 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
This practical informative handbook provides everything you need to know to write a first-rate short story. In clear, concise terms it covers all the steps in writing short fiction—from outlining the story to resolving plot conflicts.
Paperback, 133 pages
Published November 1st 1994 by MacMillan Publishing Company (first published July 1st 1992)
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Probably one of the shortest guides to writing short stories I've perused as of late, but nonetheless a good one. If you've read any basic writing guides before, chances are you're not going to learn anything new in this particular book, but it's still a helpful way to juxtapose tips with your own writing and look at the different aspects just as a refresher, which is what I used it for. Beginning writers are far more likely to get more out of this work than veterans. Sorenson takes a bare bones ...more
Apr 11, 2010 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very useful basic guide to writing short stories. Most of it I have read or heard elsewhere (e.g. "show, don't tell" - ever heard that one before?), but what I found useful was the examples used to illustrate the lessons.

The examples were good because I've always thought of formulas for writing short stories as, well, a bit formulaic. I wanted to write stories that didn't follow a formula, or stories that deliberately broke with the formula. But what I understood from reading this book
Killer of Dreams
A very basic book in its entirety. It felt as though I retook a basic English class from high school. The guide goes into detail on a very linear course in creating a short story but doesn't unearth any exceptions or different styles towards short stories but I do praise the book for detailing the publication process and the linear method of creating short stories.
Sep 09, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent guide for the beginning writer. It has great explanations, descriptive content and great examples of short stories. I was mesmerized by Nathaniel Hawthorne's, The Birthmark. The author gives the story such a thorough treatment, you would think you were in a college writing course. Of course, excellent pre- and post-writing advice throughout. Recommend for readers interested in writing short stories! My only negative comment is that it could have had more meat (more examples) and rec ...more
Feb 10, 2013 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jan by: Found in library
Slightly dated but still good advice on creating characters, setting, theme and other vital elements of a short story. Included an analysis of a story by a "master," Nathaniel Hawthorne -- "The Birthmark," which I'd never read. Excellent story but sets high standards for others to follow! Still, reading the book gave me some good ideas that I hope to use.
Rhonda Browning White
This is a good primer for beginning writers, and it makes a decent refresher course for someone who's been writing for a while. It's a short book and an easy read, so if you have a copy handy, it's worth a read.
Nov 22, 2015 Alan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Found the book to be very helpful and the tips to writing short stories seem easy to follow. It's a step by step how to that will be a benefit to anyone looking to write short stories.
Didn't finish before I had to return to the library. It was a short read though. Some of the information seemed dated and against the current market expectations.
Jackie Hay
Jul 05, 2013 Jackie Hay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very helpful!!
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