“Holmes and Watson are different, though. Yes, you remember the stories in the way I just described – but there’s an added element. You have friends. The lithe chemist and sturdy military doctor walk beside you down the street, drink coffee with you, remind you to notice every detail and omit nothing. They are, in a word, real.” — Forest Leo Continue reading ‘What Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Knew About Storytelling’ & Other Words | Signature’s Compact Guide to Short Story Writing
“Next, beat yourself up a little bit. This is terrible. You are terrible. Come up with between three and 500 more ideas. You know what to do with them. Throw them out. All of them. Return to that first idea. Now it’s good. Magic! Or is it? If you are still thinking about it, it might be.” — Charles Yu Continue reading ‘How To Write A Short Story In 3 Simple Steps’ & Other Words | Signature’s Compact Guide to Short Story Writing
“All of this is only an instant, something I felt over the course of a single summer walk beside my mom. And yet this instant has stayed inside of me for two years now, and nothing has ever come of it except this essay, an answer to a question: What is writing like?” — Emily Ruskovich Continue reading ‘How To Ignore Your Instincts & Find The Real Story’ & Other Words | Signature’s Compact Guide to Short Story Writing
This week I’ll be chatting about short story writing by reviewing snippets of Signature’s Compact Guide to Short Story Writing — A highly recommended read for any-level writer.
Short stories are captured moments living within a large, ever-encompassing world that is each individual’s life. Continue reading ‘The Elements of A Successful Short Story’ & Other Words | Signature’s Compact Guide to Short Story Writing
Many authors write short stories sporadically over the years, so sometimes these collections are simply put out once the author has written enough to fill a book. ‘The Pain Tree’ is different because you can tell the stories are carefully curated to evoke particular emotions in the reader; personally, I felt wonderment at reading them. Continue reading Book Review: ‘The Pain Tree’ By Olive Senior | I’ve Read This