A good how-to-do-it book for the would-be short story writer, in which a short story writer who sells his pieces tells all. It really is different -- not so pedagogical as other manuals of writing; distinctly personal and readable. Earl Silvers has chosen six of his own successful short stories; he has analyzed the steps by which they were conceived, written, revised; the machinery of character development. He has shown the skeleton, the adding of flesh and blood and sinews and nerves. In one instance, he has taken three versions of a story, -- the short story as it ran in Good Housekeeping, the digest from Reader's Digest; the broadcast script. In addition he discusses matters of agents, fees, preparation of script, juvenile writing. Good for popular use.