The Easy Way to Write Short Stories That Sell (Volume 1)

The Easy Way to Write Short Stories That Sell (Volume 1)

Rob Parnell

Language: English

Pages: 122

ISBN: 1499373236

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Easy Way to Write Short Stories That Sell (Volume 1)

Rob Parnell

Language: English

Pages: 122

ISBN: 1499373236

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


If you've ever felt that you had a story inside you - and wanted to know how to write and get it published, this book is for you. This book is intended for amateur and professional writers who may have lost their way. It guarantees inspiration, motivation, effective ways to counter writer's block and provides you with easy, step by step instructions on how to write a short story that will sell. Rob Parnell is the respected author of 28 books on writing. Over the last eleven years Rob has taught over 100,000 students and subscribers from all over the world. His website, The Easy Way to Write, is considered one of the best writer's sites online. In The Easy Way to Write Short Stories That Sell, Rob Parnell explains how the first and best way to progress in a writing career is to master the art of short story writing. Here's what he says: "I don't know about you but at school they told us short story writing was harder than novel writing. For a full time writer this statement is nonsense - but it does show how short story writing is respected and even regarded with some degree of awe. "The good news is that I can teach you the easy way to create a very publishable short story - and very quickly. "My short story writing course has been downloaded more than any other of my resources - something like 90,000 times in the last ten years. I've completely revised its contents and included an up-to-date listing of all the short story markets currently available to the aspiring short story writer." Here's what's included in this book: A thorough examining of the art and craft of short story writing - and how to easily make money writing short stories for publication. PART ONE: MINDSET We look at mental preparation and having the correct writer's mindset before we start. We examine time management, your self belief mechanisms, and goal setting. PART TWO: THE BASICS Here we ponder the nature of inspiration and originality. How to come up with ideas, characters and subject matter for your stories. We also discuss more specific writing issues like genre, scope, style and how to deal with them. PART THREE: Construction Time Here I introduce the 7-Step Story Generator, an easy way to come up with powerful short story ideas in less than ten minutes. In a whole new section I also show how to create instantly compelling characters. We delve in to character's agendas, their interactions, and the consequences of facing and overcoming obstacles. Plus, how to use the 5-Point Plot Structure, and create compelling stories through the use of proper style and tone, the correct point of view, tense, and the all important twist at the end of your stories. For fan fiction and romance writers I explain the ‘1-2-3-Bang’ theory and other short story structures. PART FOUR: WRITING YOUR STORY Here we examine professional techniques like fast writing, self-editing, formatting and polishing the final edit. PART FIVE: Submitting Your Work Here we include information on how best to contact magazine and anthology editors online and off for best results.

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that is, an ‘I’ story. ‘I’ stories work well for the first time writer. You may encounter some plotting problems though. Mainly because the protagonist cannot ‘witness’ events he or she is not directly involved in. Experiment to see what’s right for your story. Tense Tense can make a huge difference to a story. The classic way to tell stories is ‘immediate’ past tense. This has become the norm. It’s so common that readers take it for granted. Although technically the events

your reader and make him or her ask questions? Keep editing away, making the opening gambit tighter than anything else in the story. Strip down the adverbs. Remove the passive. Be bold. Formatting If you haven’t done so already, format the document. Use double spacing for the text with an inch and a half of blank space on either side and at the top and bottom. Left justify the text. Center the title. Put page numbers at the top right hand corner along with your name and story

don’t care about your writing per se – they’re usually only interested in what you’re writing about! It’s a tenuous difference, of course, but one that can release you from years of self-doubt if you fully grasp the meaning of it. Besides, it’s natural to feel a little insecure about your writing. It’s actually a function of your right-brain to criticize, and to logically analyze your work. It does so by picking holes in everything – just to let you know it’s doing its job! To a

Thanks. Email me here: rob@easywaytowrite.com Short Story Markets AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review http://aescifi.ca/ Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine http://www.themysteryplace.com/ahmm/guidelines Analog Science Fiction and Fact http://www.analogsf.com/information/submissions.shtml Apex Magazine http://apex-magazine.com/submission-guidelines/ Arc https://arc.submittable.com/submit Asimov's Science Fiction

the story goes. If you fight this tendency - and force your characters into decisions they wouldn't naturally make - you'll often end up with a story that doesn't work well. And often you won't know why until an editor returns your story with a note saying something like: I didn't believe in your characters. The best idea in the world for a story is only as good as your characters. Good characters can save an average story idea. But a great story idea can never be saved by badly drawn,

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