Joe Bunting is an authority on writing, He himself has written many books. Since he wanted to help other writers write he started the write practice website . This book is for anyone who wants to or is already into writing.
The book is divided into many phases . One is about actually writing . Then there is the part about editing and submitting your work to magazines.
If you want to write short stories you have to understand why you want to write short stories.He says short stories are event driven not character driven. Short stories do not have subplots.
There are five elements that short stories have .First one is given as action. This means what the characters are doing .Second is dialogue. The third is the description .Here it means that the five senses are at work. Seeing ,hearing touch ,taste and smell.
The fourth is Inner monologue. What the Character is thinking should be given. The narrative is the last one. This means that is there anything more the author would like us to know about the character.
Bunting also says you need to write both small and long sentences. One has to be specific so that the reader understand the story. How to conquer writer's block is also given. One way is to write your worst sentences.
In in the editing section it is given how to edit when you don't have time .One is to replace weak verbs .Next is to remove adverbs Take out the other weark words is the next thing .If you are using some that means you are not being specific.
In the last section the book talks about how to submit your stories to a magazine.therare two appendix given at the end .they give names of mazigines to which one can submit to.
This book is a must read for anone wanting to write. The write practice mentionred in the book has helped me a lot.The book has 108 pages