PLAYING THE AMAZON GAME
In Sept 2013 I released a short non-fiction title about writing: Short Story: From First Draft to Final Product. It’s been a bestseller in most Amazon marketplaces.
SOME QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
When I wrote the book, I was a Master’s student on a Creative Writing degree. The book shows how I put together one of the short stories which made up my writing portfolio for applying to MA degrees. It’s not a perfect story, it’s not a perfect book and I’ve never pretended otherwise.
2/. IS IT A “HOW TO” MANUAL?
Not exactly. There’s no list of “how to” checkpoints in here. It simply shows the progression of a piece of work. You’ll find an early draft, a middle draft and the final draft of the story used to apply to MA courses. There are notes about the comments I received from a professional novelist and an English Literature professor. There are also writing tips in between.
I don’t know how helpful the book will be for you. Check out the reviews on Amazon and decide for yourself if it’s worth the risk of a few bucks.
3/. HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM ALL THE OTHER BOOKS ON WRITING?
I show you the rough, raw first draft and the changes made, with comments. Other writing books generally don’t do that. Secondly, I’m honest. I did the best I could with what I had at the time. There’s no promise of *QUADRUPLING YOUR WORD COUNT* or *HOW TO GET PUBLISHED*. There’s no hyperbole or false promises here, I’m just being transparent about what I actually did to write the short story presented.
4/. ARE THERE OTHER WRITING BOOKS YOU WOULD RECOMMEND OVER YOUR OWN?
Yes. John Yorke’s Into the Woods, Scarlett Thomas’s Monkeys with TYPEWRITERS, anything by Arthur Plotnik, but particularly SPUNK & BITE, The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler and for the perfect mix of pleasure and practicality; ON WRITING by Stephen King. King’s book alone holds most of the advice given in my Master’s degree and even has an example of his editing process.
SOME CUSTOMER REVIEWS:
“I’m a short story writer myself and I thought Michael’s idea to use his own story as a teaching device for other writers was a very creative way to get the most out of his effort. On top of that, the idea worked very well! I was a bit iffy starting the book out when I saw the first draft of his short story, but it was interesting watching another writer take his piece from start to finish, and his final version was indeed a great tale…I’m glad I read this book and would definitely give more of his work a look in the future.” ~ Brian
“Thank you, Michael, for your inspiring book. It is short, to the point, and has some great pointers for getting creative juices flowing again. I have already started putting some of them to paper. Will keep you posted!” ~ J.Lybarger, Houston
“I am just embarking on my quest to become an author, and this short book was very helpful to me. Getting to read the short story over and over again as it changed, and seeing first-hand what a mistake in telling, not showing, or jumping into the head of a supporting character looked like, made everything crystal-clear for me.” ~ Lisa KW
“I skimmed, browsed, and then read distinct portions from this book. There are excellent tips to reference later. The best part is the example the author provided by using his own short story. Seeing the principles applied is a great way to learn.” ~ MamaChanda
“A great book for learning what to expect from writing multiple drafts..” ~ Jacob Lipscome
” I very much appreciated the author using his own fiction as a start to finish guinea pig in getting across his main points. Not only does he provide real-time examples of crits he had received, he is also generous in sharing a variety of resources that have helped him improve his writing, allowing leeway for the multitude of different writer styles out there.” ~ Amazon Customer, Arizona
“I don’t usually write reviews but this little book is worthy of my time. If you are interested in improving your writing, this book is jam-packed with useful advice. It does not waste any of your valuable writing time with filler but every word has been weighed and counted. This is a great resource with many links to other information that contribute to the specialised knowledge you need in order to succeed at writing. This book isn’t just for short story writers, but any writer can benefit from its practical advice.” ~ Ravensong
“Wonderful help! This book will be the one to refer to as time goes by and that inevitable blockage occurs. So glad I discovered it.” ~ Carolyn S. Eck
“Overall I think this is an excellent guide for writers and it reminds you of simple good practices as well as introducing you to some excellent new ideas. A recommended read.” ~ Laura Besley, Hong Kong
“Michael Milton’s short story, “The Bathhouse” is a brilliant piece of writing. I absolutely loved it! It alone is worth the price of this book.” ~ Carolyn Warren, Seattle