Top positive review
At last I can better understand why some short stories ‘grab’ me, and others don’t.
on 6 May 2017
I probably read this book for different reasons from most people.
I am not particularly interested in writing short stories, but I like to read them. Except when on holiday, it is difficult for me to find time to read a full length story these days.
I have often wondered why similar stories in the same genre differ in their reading pleasure for me, and I thought that a little knowledge from an acknowledged professional might shed some light. And it certainly does!
Although not too long in itself, it is packed with common sense information, and some surprising, but well-explained insider advice.
I used to think that the main difference in reading pleasure might be in the quality of the descriptive content and, while I still think that this may play a part, I can understand why it can be overdone, and that creating good, strong and believable characters is a number one priority.
Rob Parnell explains that ‘personality, place and plot – and knowing how to effectively combine these elements’ is an important key.
There is also a section giving tips on how to actually get a short story published, but this was not my main interest. The rest was most interesting to me as a reader/critic.