Whether a novice or a professional, every short story writer is learning. Gathering advice from others is the best way to improve as a writer – and what better advice to follow than the advice of other writers!
With so many articles out there, it can be hard to find the right one. To help you on your writing journey, I’ve gathered five articles that I think every short story writer should read.
So, without further ado, let’s begin.
John Steinbeck and Advice for Beginning Writers
John Steinbeck is one of the most famous American authors of the 20th century. Yet even he, bright eyed and bushy-brained, had to learn how to write great short stories.
Giving an honest, heartfelt account of how he came to understand short stories, this article will not only inspire any short story writer, but will give them a useful piece of knowledge.
Namely, that even the greatest writers come from humble beginnings.
David Vann’s Advice on Writing Short Stories
There are no rules in writing. There are, however, very useful pieces of advice. David Vann has listed 15 rules-of-thumb to the short story craft and, let me tell you, they are eye opening. You may not agree with some – you may follow, or break, all of them – but one thing is certain.
After reading this, you’ll never read a short story the same way again.
Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Tips on How to Write a Good Short Story
Intelligent, talented, and full of cynical wit, Kurt Vonnegut was a master storyteller. His eight tips on writing a good short story are just as blunt as his humor. If you’re looking for a definitive, concise list of things to look out for in short stories, this article is definitely for you.
Like them or loathe them, Kurt Vonnegut’s list is the perfect starting point for any short story writer.
Haruki Murakami’s Advice to Young Writers
Stepping into the more spiritual side of writing, Haruki Murakami explains where his inspiration for stories comes from. Though short, his charming analogy to drawers is something every short story writer can relate to.
This article is for those who want to understand their imagination – or those who want to cultivate it into something they can understand.
What a Judge Looks for in a Short Story
Claire Fuller is a bestselling writer and short story writer, and this article proves that she knows her stuff. After being a judge at a local writing competition, Claire Fuller lays down her honest opinion of what worked, and what didn’t work, when looking through submissions.
At some point, every short story writer will want to get out there. And when they do, they’ll need this article.