“Let go of the outcome of the future and allow yourself to live in the mess of the now.” Page 87, Let’s Write a Short Story!
– First, read it for pleasure;
– Second, use it as a workbook, completing the writing assignments;
– Third, use it as a reference book for future submissions and for inspiration on those days when you’re laying face down on the carpet praying for God to remove the writing gift from you.
At 152 pages including appendices Let’s Write… is full of wisdom, from the pragmatic to the spiritual. It covers the act of writing and the desire to tell stories with deliberate humor and a level of expertise that makes the writing crisp and very readable. It focuses on the fiction writer and isn’t just a “blog three times on the ceiling if you want me”* book. The author provides magazine suggestions, links, checklists, and examples of the technique he refers to. It’s all just incredibly well-written and useful.
Heed the wisdom of published authors like Hemingway, who is quoted on letswriteashortstory.com as having said
“If I were alive, I would read this book.”
And mostly, write your story!
*I couldn’t resist the reference to Tony Orlando and Dawn’s “Knock Three Times (On The Ceiling If You Want Me).” I apologize.