I’ve talked to so many writers who want to know how they can start a career in creative writing. They ask me:
- How do you get published?
- How do you stay disciplined enough to write a whole book?
- How do you build a platform for your fiction?
Like most writers, I thought writing short stories was a stupid way to build a career in writing. I wanted to write novels. The prestige and the money are in novels, I thought. Why would I write short stories?
But then something happened. After failing to finish another novel, I started writing a short story. Soon, it was finished and sent off to a literary magazine. For the first time in years, I had finished a creative writing project.
Get Published Sooner
There’s something magical that happens when you finish a story.
- You can get published.
- You can get feedback.
- You can experience every aspect of the writing process, not just the first draft stage.
All of this leads to becoming a better writer faster. You also begin the process of building a writing career and a platform for your fiction.
I think that’s why so many great novelist through history first published short stories. Mark Twain, Leo Tolstoy, Ernest Hemingway, and even Stephen King didn’t start out writing novels. They built their craft and their careers with short stories.
For the last couple of months, I’ve been working on a resource for writers who are interested in the idea of writing short stories as the groundwork of a career in creative writing. The eBook is called Let’s Write a Short Story! And it just came out today.
About the Book
—C. Hope Clark, founder fundsforwriters.com and author
Let’s Write a Short Story! is an eBook about the process of writing and publishing short stories. The book will guide you through the process of researching publications, writing your story, editing, and submitting your work to literary magazines.
It’s also a primer in how to make a career in fiction writing. If you’ve ever wanted to be a writer, this book will help get you started.
It’s more than just a book, though. It’s a challenge. Let’s Write a Short Story! won’t just give you the information you need. It will help you take the next step in becoming a published writer.
What People are Saying
Hundreds of people have already read Let’s Write a Short Story! and are talking about how it helped them get back on track with writing. Some have told me they barely managed to finish the book because they kept wanting to go write a short story. Here’s what they’re saying:
“”By the time I finished the introduction, I was ready to write a short story,” says Rhonda Kline on The Write Spark.
“”As a storyteller, I will keep this resource at the ready,” says Darrell Vesterfelt.
“”We all need a good kick in the pants once in a while!” says Beck Gambill.
“”I jumped into this fully expecting a solid mix of productivity, writing and publishing tips. What Joe provides is much more that that: A comprehensive resource for both the novice and more seasoned writer to give their career a little shock therapy. Trust me—skip the short story class and nab this instead,” says Brett Henley.
“”Do I need one more book about writing? Yes I do,” says Mary Lofthus on Wide Margins.
Get the Book
Along with Let’s Write a Short Story! you can also get the work book, 15 Days to Write and Submit a Short Story, which will take you step-by-step through the entire process, from researching publications to writing your story to formatting it for submission. It will even help you deal with writer’s block if you get stuck.
At The Write Practice, we’re all about taking small, practical steps toward improving at the craft of writing. This is a great way to take your practice to the next level.
Have you ever written a short story? Why did you decide to write it?