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July 7th, 2006, 09:00 AM
I enjoy reading books on writing. Whether they are specific to a genre, inspirational, focusing on the mechanics, whatever. I find I take something away from each of them. What I have found however, is most of these books rarely focus on the short story. Does anyone have a favorite or can recommend a good book exclusively on short story writing?
After a ton of novels that sputtered and died I think I should try and get a few short stories actually completed. I realize some of the general books on writing cover everything.

July 7th, 2006, 11:59 AM
Damon Knight's Creating Short Fiction is very good, and goes into some great detail about interweaving the various neccessary story elements to craft something taut and effecient.