"Let's Write a Short Story!" by Joe Bunting is a direct and to the point guide to writing short stories for publication. In the book he coaches, motiv...more"Let's Write a Short Story!" by Joe Bunting is a direct and to the point guide to writing short stories for publication. In the book he coaches, motivates and challenges you.
At once he gives you the cold, honest reality of what it takes to get published in a literary journal or magazine, but assures you it is doable and will show you how. The book is an easy read but packed with great content. It's informative while the writing's economical - cutting to the chase and giving you what you need to get started fast.
He gives you the key distinctions of what a short story is and how it differs from longer forms of storytelling. There are frequent writing prompts to get you into the creative flow.
Besides description, action and dialog; Joe goes into subjects like: sentence length, being lyrical, using allusions and eponyms, alliteration, consonance and assonance. If you're not sure what these are - you will after reading Let's Write a Short Story!
The book also effectively covers: * A great section on editing your work * How to format your story and writing a cover letter that gets results * How to promote your writing * Building a platform that works
Joe is also the publisher of the blog "The Write Practice", which in itself is a great writer's resource.
If you ever wanted to write good short stories that'll get read, or want to use the short story form to jump start your writing career, I can't think of a better book than "Let's Write a Short Story!" You'll refer to it again and again. (less)
If you want to break away from the hassle of the cubicle nation, starting your day to the shrill sound of an alarm clock, commuting in traffic, having...moreIf you want to break away from the hassle of the cubicle nation, starting your day to the shrill sound of an alarm clock, commuting in traffic, having others control your time and dictating what your income will be, then The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau, is for you.
More than 1,500 entrepreneurial start ups were considered for inclusion in the book. They had to meet the following criteria: 1. They had to make at least $50,000 per year from their business. 2. The business had to be started on a very low budget. The average starting investment was about $600. 3. Be willing to open up the books on their financial data and demographics for analysis.
Chris interviewed over 100 people who broke away from the norm to create their own businesses and control their own destinies. He studied over 4,000 pages of data and surveys, and made hundreds of calls. In the end he created an actionable blueprint you can follow to create your very own startup.
The book has a definite motivational aspect to it, but also cuts right to the chase and gives you the information, tools and a clear path to follow to get started including: The One-Page Business Plan (a copy of which is available for free at 100Startup.com), Six Steps To Get Started Right Now; the Idea Matrix to evaluate the impact, effort, profitability, and vision of your business ideas; and The Action Bias is about focusing on the right thing, to help your startup succeed.
If you've ever thought or dreamed of creating your own business, The $100 Startup clearly shows you it is possible. It's more than just a business book; it's your blueprint to personal freedom.
Get the book and make your dream a reality. (less)