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The only 'self help/guide' book I have reached the end of!,
This review is from: How to Write and Sell Short Stories (Secrets to Success) (Paperback)
Della Galton's book on writing short stories is extremely helpful, easy to read but above all fun. I know that sounds very cliched but I really enjoyed reading it. It took me two days to read it from cover to cover and it was exactly what I wanted.
No great big long technical chapters on plotting and character but just bite size pieces of helpful advice that will hopefully steer me in the right direction. It is because of this simplified style that I was able to whizz through it so quickly and I marked many of the pages so I can come back to the most helpful parts.
But don't get me wrong, it is not a lightweight book that just skims over the issues. There is a lot of information in there but it is structured in such a way that it never becomes tedious and you never get that familiar "well I must plod on - I have paid for it after all" feeling.
I buy various guide/help books on different subjects (the most recent being an 'improve your handwriting' book as mine is awful) but I don't think I have ever actually made it to the end of one - let alone in two days.
Highly recommended and a wonderful introduction to writing short stories.