I recently volunteered to read and review a book by Joe Bunting on writing a short story. Below is the review I posted on amazon.
Let’s Write a Short Story! By Joe Bunting
Approachable, clear, concise, practical and motivational. These are the words I would use to describe Joe’s book. Well worth the $3.99.
I thought this would be a niche book, excessively specific for short stories. However, while it contains excellent advice for writing, editing, and publishing short stories, much of the advice is directly applicable to general writing. I have already implemented many of his suggestions into my novel. A few in particular I found quite effective including those within his section “A Secret Trick to Showing Rather than Telling”. His examples will guide you through showing and interrogating to improve your story.
I would recommend this book to all writers. It is a quick read and walks the line between advice and motivation wonderfully.