I picked up a copy of Let’s Write a Short Story by Joe Bunting not long ago because I believe, as do the author and John Gardner, author of On Becoming a Novelist, writing short stories is a great way to break into writing novels.
I’ve just finished reading the introduction of Joe’s book where he challenges his readers to not just read the book, but to Write a Short Story. In fact, he asks his readers to write a blog with “Let’s Write a Short Story” as the heading; which is the genesis of this week’s blog.
Joe’s challenge is to complete a short story by the end of the month. Not only does Joe make the challenge but he goes further by saying if his readers don’t make the commitment they may as well stop reading the book.
So there it is; I’m challenging myself to learn to write short stories and complete my first one by the end of January 2016. Check back on the 1st of February for an update on my progress and a review of Joe’s book, Let’s Write a Short Story. In the mean time, I’ll leave you a quote from the beginning of Joe’s book:
“Write a short story every week.
It’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.”
Why don’t you join me! Can you write a short story by the end of January? If so, leave a comment below and make a commitment to yourself and our readers. You’ll be glad you did.
And never forget to: JUST WRITE!