Now, learn the master key for writing great short stories, and the strategies for using them to advance your writing career

As most writers will tell you, the hardest fiction form to master is the short story. To be successful, a short story needs to have “emotional wallop,” and in under 7,000 words.

Not easy to do.

In this book, #1 bestselling writing teacher James Scott Bell explains the essential ingredient for a successful short story, no matter the genre. He shows how any writer—whether planner or “pantser”—can use this key to unlock infinite story possibilities.

And turn readers into fans.

Which is part of the strategy for short story writing today. With the coming of the digital revolution in publishing, short fiction presents possibilities beyond a one-time sale to a literary journal. Writers can use stories to increase discoverability, grow as a writer, generate some side income, and get back in touch with the sheer joy of writing.

This book uses examples from the best stories by undisputed masters of the craft, including Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, John O’Hara, John Cheever, Stephen King and Irwin Shaw.

In addition, five complete stories are included to show you the master key in action.

Once you’ve been through this book, even once, you’ll be well on your way to crafting short stories that readers love—which will build your fan base and boost your long-term writing career.

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  1. Amazon Customer

    Short fiction guidance with examples I recently attended an MFA program open house and, as a novelist, was conferring with a short story writer. I mentioned that I just could not wrap my head around the concept of writing a short story. They, in turn, said they had the same problem with novel length work. I’ve been wanting to read a resource that specifically dealt with writing the short story.Lo & behold, on November 11, I get the email notification of JSB’s latest book launch. I was expecting him to resolve the…

  2. Stella Carrier

    Perfect Regardless of A Secret Timeframe Deadline That A Writer Has Set For Themselves I must preface this review by making it clear that I’m posting an unpaid review as a person who mainly plans on writing stories as a side career to my full-time job. This kindlebook of How To Write Short Stories And Use Them to Further Your Writing Career by James Scott Bell appealed to me because I write short freestyle stories for fun, which has also helped other areas of my life in creative ways (i.e. spiritual benefits such as more lucid dreams that have helped me see into what may be…

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