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It is, appropriately enough, a short but comprehensive book, encouraging the aspiring writer to look at all aspects of writing flash and with helpful exercises set along the way to help the reader put them into practice. The last 20% of the book shares a few of Calum's stories - always worth reading, but here made especially helpful to the learner because he explains how he came to write each one.
He also helpfully differentiates between flash fiction and short stories, stressing that many of the same rules apply to both, but making it clear how they differ too. As I also write short stories, this advice was very welcome.
An excellent source of inspiration and encouragement to write flash fiction, and to write every day, as Calum does (which is how he is so prolific). His advice is especially authoritative as he so clearly practises what he preaches. Thank you, Calum Kerr.
The nine chapters are each between 10 and 15 pages long, making them perfectly digestible over the course of one sitting. You could probably take the whole book on in one day if you were so inclined, but many of the exercises are aimed at helping you reflect as a writer, both on what you do and what other writers are secretly up to. I found my pace of a chapter an evening felt just right.
All the basic points are covered (prompts, plot, dialogue, perspective, etc) and there are plenty of references to other books if, for example, you fancy a more substantial account of the importance of plot types or characterisation.
So there it is. If you have £6 and a few free evenings, as well as an interest in writing and how to get better at it, then this is the book for you. 5 Stars.
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Only just started to read this book so a little early for me to truly make a comment.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer