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Sun Mar-14-10 12:53 AMby zette

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I picked up this book from my shelf because I wanted to reacquaint myself with how others approach the writing of short stories. I remembered that I hadn't finished this book the first time, and I wasn't certain why.

It soon became clear.

While the book has a lot of interesting tidbits and ideas, it is also packed with some of what is, to me, the most boring short story examples I have ever read. This is because the book is obviously aimed at mainstream and litfic and not at a genre writer like me. That may make a huge difference for other people who read it.

I found it painful to try and pick through the material, looking for those helpful pieces. I did find them, though. My reaction to the book is likely partly a response to the type of stories presented. I did think, though, that the writing was sometimes a bit pushy in a 'this is the only way to do stories' sort of way. Having written my share of 'how to write' material, and having spent ten years working with new writers, I know there is no such thing as a single answer to any field of writing.

I wouldn't tell people not to read this book. I think we learn best about writing by expanding our views and purposely reading books about writing that may not suit our styles. You never know what you might learn -- or what you might learn about yourself that you can qualify by seeing something that absolutely does not work for you.

So, while this was not my favorite book on writing, I do think that it has helpful sections and someone who is more attune to the types of stories presented is likely to find this book far more useful than I did.

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