Let's Write a Short Story!

Let's Write a Short Story!

by Joe Bunting

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BN ID: 2940014911832
Publisher: The Write Practice
Publication date: 08/17/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 564,720
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Let's Write a Short Story! 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
RuthanneReid More than 1 year ago
I’ll cut to the chase: this book made me believe I could actually write short stories. That’s rather significant. I’m an author. I love to write, and I love to read. In my life, however, I’ve never successfully written a short story. Quote from page 85: "The hardest part of getting over writer’s block is to realize you’re blocked. Once you know you’re sick, it’s pretty easy to cure yourself. You just have to allow yourself to write the worst sentence in the world." I didn’t even know that description was me. I’ve written chapters. I’ve written bits that bloomed into huge books without my permission. I’ve created half-finished plots with terrific potential, only to watch them die as if they were roses and I had a brown thumb. Honesty time: I’d really given up on the idea that I could write short stories. I was a novelist, and that was that. Or so I thought until I read this book. Joe does make it clear what you’re up against. The short story market is tough. It’s wicked tough (if you’ll pardon my New England-ese), and heading into this with unrealistic hopes will hurt you. HOWEVER, that does not mean there is no hope, or that short stories are out of our league. Quite the opposite. Joe actually convinced me writing short stories is good for me. How about that for wild? You want practical advice? Wow, does this book have it. Joe hits everything from submission practice to “how to show, not tell” tricks. He goes over grammar and description, the psychology of writer’s blocks to cover letters. He touches on platform and delves into purpose. He even talks about when to STOP submitting – everything needs a break someteimes. Yup. Buy it. This book rocks. You can learn more about it at his site, The Write Practice, and as of this review, you can pick it up online at Barnes and Noble or Amazon. Hopefully, you’ll find it as encouraging as I did.
bonniev23 More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Joe Bunting does a fantastic job of explaining the “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing quality short stories and how writing them is today’s key to building your platform and career. In an easy-to-read, clear style he takes you from the “why” and “how” of writing a short story all the way to the publishing process. As a new writer, the most helpful part of the book to me was that he provided writing samples to further illustrate the tips that were being explained. Rather than just telling you what to do to improve your short story writing, Joe Bunting shows you (which, by the way, is one of his valuable pieces of advice- don’t just tell your story, show it.) “Let’s Write a Short Story!” also provides helpful tips on getting rid of writer’s block, editing, improving your chances of getting published (along with a recommended list of literary magazines to begin submitting your work to) and an experienced look at what’s needed to begin building that all-mighty platform. The most helpful and motivating book I’ve read on writing thus far! So motivating, in fact, that I actually stopped reading at one point to start writing something that just couldn’t wait to come out! I will definitely be referring to this book again and again! Thanks for the inside look at how it’s done!
MermaidMoon More than 1 year ago
I have (ahemmm) 121 books about writing. No. Now, I have 122 books about writing. A few have been very inspiring, some have been entertaining, some have been so full of pompous "holding forth" I never finished them. This book has the most concise writing advice I've ever read. It provides interlocking steps, some practical, some humorous, some inspiring. But the whole cloth of the book makes ME believe I can do this. I CAN write short stories. It makes me WANT to write short stories. It gives me a feeling of that I CAN take charge of my writing aspirations, and now those will feature short stories!
Natalie_Soal More than 1 year ago
As a blogger and an aspiring writer, Joe Bunting's , 'Let's Write a Short Story' has been one of the most helpful and inspiring books I have read. The book begins with realistic advice on how difficult it is to get published and then continues to encourage you to submit your stories anyway. It even includes step by step advice on how to format your short story for submission. At first I felt daunted by the idea of of writing a short story as I had never written one before, but as I read further, Joe's encouraging voice and passion for the craft eased my concerns. Every chapter holds invaluable advice, helpful tips (including writing prompts) and information on how to improve your writing. Before I was even half way through the book my first short story was already forming in the back of my mind. 'Let's Write a Short Story' has removed all doubts and fears I have had in the past of growing from blogger to writer and has reminded me what a privilege it is to be a writer. In Joe Bunting's words, "Writers are uniquely gifted to find meaning for themselves and to help others find meaning....every story matters to the person living it". This is the book to read if you believe stories matter.
SB-Moore More than 1 year ago
Whether you write every day or once a month when the mood strikes, there are lessons you can learn from this idea-packed book. Not only about your writing style and workflow, but about the kinds of characters you create, the situations you place them in, and therefore, who you are. Short stories are simply a different medium for your talents, but Joe Bunting makes them seem like so much more. Pick this book up now – I promise you won’t put it down until you’re done.
socraticparenting More than 1 year ago
"Let’s Write a Short Story!" by Joe Bunting is an inspiring and informative resource for anyone interested in writing. This clear and concise handbook focuses exclusively on short stories, offering effective writing strategies, simple editing suggestions, and standard submission guidelines. Bunting compacts an amazing amount of useful information into an easy-to-read, no-nonsense format. Complete with two appendices and endnotes, this is a book that I will return to repeatedly for reference and encouragement. I highly recommend "Let’s Write a Short Story!" for anyone who has always wanted to write, but never really known where to start, and also for those who have published in other genres and want to hone their craft or expand their platform.
Angelagayehorn More than 1 year ago
Joe's easy to read and engaging style will make even the neophyte believe they have a chance at writing something worth reading. He kicks things off by quickly dispelling any possible myths by detailing the cold, hard facts about short story publishing, but then immediately sets about outlining exactly what the aspirant writer needs do in order to progress from rejection slip to check. Joe covers everything from the different publications one can approach, writing do's and don'ts, submission guidelines, writing groups to look to for support and encouragement and more. But I think what I liked best was his firm call to action: Commit to writing a short story now! In other words, give 'em horns or go home. A must have for anyone who has ever dreamt of writing more than just your average blog post or article.
Sophie_Novak More than 1 year ago
Let's Write a Short Story! is a call to action and a guide through the process of writing short stories and ultimately getting them published. By explaining the all-present elements in a short story, styles, to pitching them to various literary magazines/journals (including a list of popular ones and their guidelines), this is an invaluable resource for any writer, both professional, freelance or hobbyist. Do you need a reason to start writing short stories? Perhaps you're not sure how to start about it? This book offers all that and more: even pitching your story and stamping the envelope.
JHague More than 1 year ago
I just read Joe Bunting's book, and he refused to give me an excuse. I had many reasons for not writing short stories: I didn't have time. I didn't know how to improve my skills. And even if I could, I had no idea where to send my little creations. But "Let's Write a Short Story" took me to task on each point. The introduction includes these words: "If you're reading this book I want you to promise me something. You have to promise to write and submit a short story to a literary magazine." And with those words, Coach Joe was all over me. He insisted on frequent, short practices, suggesting writing prompts and simple goals. He provided me with helpful resources at every step, including links to vast libraries of magazines that accept submissions. His training was purposeful from start to finish, and his advice was only obvious after I read it. This book does not contain intricate literary theory for English graduate students. It contains no magic formulas for getting published. What it does contain is a practical brand of hope for storytellers like me: "if you are faithful to sharpen your skills, you can share your stories with the world. Here's how..."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Joe Bunting shows you that it doesn't have to be so difficult. This book breaks it down and will help you get started.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Bunting I think has written a book that cuts through the crap or what I refer to as the authoritative establishment. This book is the nuts and bolts needed to write a short story or any kind of story. It is not a step by step manual on how to write. The author assumes one thing, that you can or will try to write something and understand the basic concepts of how to write... Which is an aspect that I liked about the book. It' s not an english textbook on the art of grammar. In fact, the author basically doesn't care if you follow the rules and actually encourages you to try and break the rules. What the author cares about is #1, that you write something and #2, that you submit it to somebody for publishing. Those two basic concepts are why so many people consider themselves writers but nobody has ever heard of them? Because they believe they can write and have so many ideas but all of thise amazing novels remain in their heads and never make it to paper. And for those of you who know me and read this review, please do not use my own words against me! At least I have found the time to write a review... The author encourages all would be writers to actually "write" something, anything in fact, and that they try to make it available to others so that we can enjoy the fruits of their labors as readers. And in that regard, this book is an easy to read, easy to understand, and provides the primary tools to get started and try to get published. Would you rather be a writer who is always working on a novel or a writer waiting to get the novel you've already written...published? I appreciated this book and I think if you are an aspiring writer you will find the primary tools needed to get started. The story and the writing is always up to you. The author simply gives you the tools and direction needed if you really want to write and get published. A great and simple book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let's Write a Short Story Review While most of the information provided in this book is available online, it was nice to see it brought together in one place. I thought the content of this book was informative. Throughout the book, useful links are suggested, and I think these links should be live hyperlinks. People are more apt to visit these sites if it is a simple one-click process. The section which addresses submissions includes submission by mail, which is rarely ever used anymore, so I'm not sure how relevant that portion is. I did notice some formatting issues such as different fonts within certain words (an example is on pg. 3, in `Bradbury') and I thought the TOC would have been more useful with hyperlinks to each section. The TOC ran together a bit for me, so I would suggest different formatting here. Overall, this was an enjoyable and useful publication and with some slight formatting, I think it could be even better. Nicely done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Concise, intelligent, and inspiring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shadepelt padded into camp, a mouse, vole, and chaffinch in her jaws. She looked around to see that the Clan was gathered around the highrock, Redstar was glaring at Shadepelt. Shadepelt felt a shiver down her spine, she remembered that Redstar once loved her while they both were warriors, Shadepelt liked him but Redstar then hated her when he discovered the truth, that Shadepelt was mates with a WindClan tom, Cloudspots. "I am glad that you have come at the right time, Shadepelt" Redstar growled "You can sit right at the front". Shadepelt had an uneasy feeling that Redstar didn't assain Shadepelt to sit in the front for no reason. Taking a seat beside her kit, Eclipsemoon, she heard Redstar speaking "We have a traitor among us, I don't know why in StarClan I haven't said this sooner" the ThunderClan leader began. Shadepelt already knew what he was going to say when he finished the sentence "The traitor among us is, Shadepelt!". (End of chapter 8, if you want me to post any more chapters of this book, post a review, the prologue is on result 2)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rosekit shifted unconfortably. The smell of sick cats was all around her. That moon Morningclan had suffered a great outbreak of white cough. The sickness had infected so many and many had died. Rosekit was the last alive of her litter. Her two brothers had died of the sickness. Her mother went with them. Rosekit now lay with the last surviving queen. She was only two moons old and needed the milk. The other clans wouldnt help them. They were too fearful of the terribly illness that had befallen the cats. Rosekit stretched and walked out into the bitter cold. She did this every morning in hopes of seeing a change. But every morning more cats were dragged out dead or a new raspy cough would fill the clearing. This morning was no different. Another elder was dead and an apprintice was shaking in his nest by the entrence of the den. Rosekit saw her father Whiteclaw drag out the elder. She saw how tired he looked and padded up to him. "Whiteclaw? Are u ok?" He coughed and Rosekit bristled with fear. "Im fine little one... i just woke up with some snow down my throat thats all" he said trying to reasure her. Rosekit did not believe him. Suddenly the medicine cat walked by. Thornleap was accoumpined by her leader Gladestar. Rosekit, intrested in what was going on followed them to the medicine den. She peaked around the wall to see the two cats huddled together facing her. Luckily they did not spot her. Rosekit heard The tired spotted she cat speak first. "And your sure this will work Thornleap?" Thornleap nodded his head. "This mixture will help cure the ill cats and protect the healthy ones!" He looked so happy... Rosekit even felt her spirits lift. "Theres just one more ingredient needed, then it will be complete." Thornleap added. "Im going to go get some more Juipter berries." With that Thornleap left the den. Gladestar nodded and followed him out. Rosekit scampered away to be unseen. She felt thrilled. Now they could save father! She thought. She needed to help them. She rushed into the cold forest to look. Rosekit wandered the strange forest for hours. She had never been out before but this was too important. She noticed a scrawny mouse dart by her and into ome bracken. Rosekit knew the clan despirtly needed pray and chased after it. It disappered down a hole and she sighed. But in the corner of her eye she saw red. She walked over to it. "Berries!" She cried remembering that Thornleap needed berries of some sort. With out thinking she gathered as many as she could in a leaf and ran back. Thornleap hadnt returned yet. Wanted the mixture to be done asap, she mixed the berries with the large faul smelling palp in the middle of the den. Exicted she ran back to her den to wait. She soon fell fast asleep. She awoke to screaming and climbed out. Cats all over were on the ground dead. A reddish green palp smeared on some of their faces. Gladestar was screaming at Thornleap. "Why did you do this!!!! All of our clan is dead!!! And only after minutes of eating your 'cure'!!!" Gladestar had tears in her eyes. "Your wrong!!! I didnt do this!!!! Someone put death berries in my cure!!!!" Thornleap stopped and turned to a paralized in fear Rosekit. "It was that cursed kit! The smell of death berries covers her!" Thornleap hissed. Whiteclaw who had not yet eaten the berries glanced at his kit. "R-Rosekit?" He stuttered. The the few surviving cats began to chant. "Deathkit, Deathkit, Deathkit!!!" Rosekit ran. Deathkit ran and left the clans forever gone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plz write more! And plz read my MLP stories at rainbow dash results one through four and apple jack results one through three. And plz take part in my MLP writing contest at apple jack res four. Thnx! If you do then read the assignment before getting started. ~Rainbow Dash
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As Oakpaw ran through the clearing of Thunderclan's camp, he heard Bramblestar's voice ring through the hollow,"Let all cats old enough to catch their own prey gather for a clan meeting". No one knew why there was a clan meeting."What are we doing", Dustpelt meowed as he padded out of the elders den. After everyone setelled down, Bramblestar started." As we all know, Oakpaw is over twelve moons old. I am here to say he shall have his final assesment. As soon as he gets back, we will make him a warrior. Also I believe there are three kits that are six moons old. Mosskit, Sparrowkit, and Pinekit, please come forward. I now pronounce you Mosspaw. Your mentor will be Dovewing. Sparrowkit, you will now be known as Sparrowpaw. Your mentor will be Birchfall. Last but certainly not least, Pinekit. You are now Pinepaw. Your mentor will be Squirrelflight. I hope you all pass on your knowledge on to these apprentices. Clan meeting over". "Hey, let's get you some nests in the apprentices den", said Snowpaw. After that Snowpaw and Oakpaw padded over to their mentors." Brakenfur and Mille, what do we do on the assesment?" She guided him into the forest with her tail."We'll be on a patrol." Oakpaw heard Snowpaw and Oawpaw's mothers yell goodluck from the hollow. Bramblestar pelted out of the hollow." Okay, let's go out now. So Oakpaw and Snowpaw what do you smell?" Oakpaw sniffed the air." A faint trace of Windclan and mouse. Windclan came to talk to you so that's why they were here." Snowpaw's nose twitched," I smell fox. Is that right?" Bramblestar nodded. We just chased one of the territory a few days ago. After the patrol, Bramblestar called a clan meeting." Oakpaw and Snowpaw, come forward. Starclan please look upon these two apprentices. They have trained hard to learn your ways. Oakpaw, you will now be known as Oaktail. We honor your loyalty and intellegence. Snowpaw you will be now called Snowclaw. We honor your bravery and ambition. Meeting dismised." Snowclaw leaped over to Oaktail." We are finally warriors. Let's go to the warriors den" Oaktail purred." Okay. Then we can go hunting if you want. Or what ever else you want to do." Their tails twined together as the padded to the warriors den. Their mothers looked at each other. Poppyfoot said," Young love. They grew up so fast." Whitewing nodded," Soon we will be calling him Oakstar or her Snowstar." Poppyfoot let out a mrrow of laughter. END OF CHAPTER ONE.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My name is Lichentail. You can read my story "Homofelinia" at ready to write res two to see if I would be a good judge, if you want.
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F_Doot More than 1 year ago
Highly informative and inspirational, Joe Bunting's LETS WRITE A SHORT STORY is a must have for both novice writers as well as experienced pros. For new writers, Mr Bunting's casual but encouraging approach reinforces the notion that ANYONE with the incentive to write can write, and those who do write (with LWASS's knowledge) will write well. Well enough to become a published writer. I've attended countless classes and meetings, and I've studied many of the highly-touted books, periodicals and articles on the craft of writing. LWASS reinforces many of the bases I've already learned (essential for new writers to learn), and offers many insights, suggestions, and prompts to get your words on the page. For the more experienced writers, LWASS’s timely and relevant anecdotes, and quotes gives the reader perspectives they’ve probably never heard before. Furthermore, for writers who know how to write and do write, the next (and most intimidating step) is getting the stories beyond his/her personal computer or notebook and out for submissions. LWASS’s intensive references and links gives the reader all he/she needs to take the next step to get their writing published. This book is a must have for writers on every level. You will not be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't even remember how I stumbled upon Joe Bunting's blog, but I can tell you it has made the difference in my writing. In fact, it jump-started my writing practice. This book takes all of the good things about the blog and condenses it into a solid, comprehensive, easy-to-read, inspirational plan of action. This book makes you want to get off your bum and create! I love the resources provided for submitting to literary magazines. I especially love the discourse on why writing short stories can be used for practice OR profit...as an end OR a means to an end. I had never thought of it that way before and the way it was explained made all the sense in the world. A wonderful tool for any writer.
living4today More than 1 year ago
Before reading the book Let's Write a Short Story, I didn't really even know what made a short story. Mr. Bunting's book helped educate, informe and encourage me on my quest in learning the craft of writing. After reading the book (and doing some of the practice applications): I now know what makes up a short story I have some great resources on publication possibilities I have set a few goals I have a clearer understanding in the unique world of writing Let me share a few highlights of this great book: A challenge to write a short story every week Rejection is a badge of honor and by writing short stories I will be rejected sooner than if I wait until I submit a novel. That the privilege of being a writer is capturing the world's stories and putting them in a form that can be shared. Great guidelines on the how to write a short story. To be accountable and share on my blog that I intend to write a short story by the end of the month. (YES!) I loved the easy to read style of this book, along with the tools shared on how to launch a career, become a better writer and small, practical steps towards publications. Not only is there practical tools and application steps, Joe has sprinkled encouragement throughout the book. At the end of the book, Joe shares many resources which I can't wait to check out. This is one "craft" book, I will be referring and recommending often.
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DL_Rose More than 1 year ago
Let’s talk about writing. Actually, let’s talk about the writing process. It’s not just writing. Anyone can write. And most people can pull off something good. A majority of people can pull off something great. And quite a few people can pull off something extraordinary. At least some of the time. That’s where the rest of the process comes in. Prewriting increases the chances that awesome is going to also be coherent. Editing and revision pull the awesome out of the muck and highlight it, adding to it in order to increase awesomeness. And publishing. . . well, publishing is a whole different beast, but it’s the culmination of the process that takes the awesome and gives it to the world. But how many of us get to experience the entire process? As a novelist, I sure haven’t. Prewriting, yes. In fact, I’ve gotten really good at prewriting (hence my 30 Days of Prewriting book). Over the years, I’ve used just about every method of prewriting there is. Writing, yes. I’ve written until my hands were sore. I’ve typed until my eyes were blurry and my brain had long since stopped functioning. Editing. . . well, not so much. Not that I’ve never edited. I have. But I wouldn’t say that I’ve finished editing anything. I write rough drafts and then I get started on the editing and revision and it just starts to feel so overwhelming. And then my projects die. Which is where Let’s Write a Short Story by Joe Bunting~ has changed my way of thinking. Not only does this book go through the information you’ll need to write better short stories (and just plain write better in general), it also explains why you should bother with short stories in the first place. And the biggest reason that stuck out for me? You get to experience the entire writing process and practice your craft from start to finish. That appealed to me. And it also got my brain going. Honestly, I could have finished this book much sooner if it didn’t give me so much to ponder. And there are action steps in the book as well. Places where Bunting basically says “Now put the book down and go do.” This is definitely not some book about theory. It’s a book about practice. And it will get your mind going in new directions. It certainly did so for mine. After reading the book, be sure to join the online community designed to continue where the book left off. If Bunting can cram so much stimulation into a fairly short book, I’m really looking forward to seeing what he can provide in a community. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.