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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.