Ability and sincerity are the two main requisites for the would-be short story writer, whose status is commented on in...

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HOW TO WRITE A SHORT STORY AND SELL IT

Ability and sincerity are the two main requisites for the would-be short story writer, whose status is commented on in personal tones by a successful short story writer. The chapters, rambling and as full of repetition and anecdote as they are of advice, have the quality of home and fireside rather than the classroom, but their glow doesn't obscure certain basic principles that are common knowledge in the writing world:- that one must want to tell a story and not just be in the game for fun; that one must be willing to sweat and sweat and to concentrate on the what and then the how; that all good stories-no matter what the market for them- will get published. Doubtless the advice from such a prominent writer will be well received but we were disappointed in the small amount of content analysis which, when it didn't ignore our greater writers, gave preference to material which has a consistent mass market appeal.

Pub Date: March 15, 1956

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Publisher: Doubleday

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1956