Do you believe that you have the ability to write a novel, but little idea where to start? Do you yearn to write a perfect short story?
Shelley Weiner’s two pithy and informative Guardian Masterclass eBooks offer the perfect mix of practical guidance and friendly support. The prospect of embarking on a novel can feel like starting to climb a mountain with its top lost in the clouds. You can imagine the view from the summit, but how do you identify the best ascent? Novel writing requires planning, commitment, perseverance and the belief that you can reach the peak… even if you don’t yet know all the steps along the way.
Short stories, on the other hand, can seem easy because they’re – well, short. This is an illusion – not the brevity but the ease. ‘Writing Short Stories’ will help you to make the most of the truncated form. When you have a limited number of words to play with, how do you achieve the richness and depth of character and plot that you want? How can your short story be more than just a very, very brief novella? And most importantly, how do you craft a short story that leaves your reader wanting more – but feeling that your short story has achieved its fullest potential?