If you want to learn how to write a short story, then you’ll need to read — a lot. Hopefully, you like reading, because doing so teaches you to write short stories. Just like a student cook studies under an accomplished chef, you’ll need to study under the masters.
Many of these masters are busy people. Some of them have passed on decades ago. What is the best way to learn from these other writers?
They can come to you through Amazon or your local library. You do not need to spend a lot of money on books. You only need to make time, to have patience and to read in order to accomplish this task.
I’ve borrowed a list of short story collections that, if read carefully, will help you learn storytelling from the “master chefs” of writing. Stay tuned. Soon, I will share with you an amazing book about reading.
1. Best American Short Stories, ed. Shannon Ravenal, etc. (1980 – present)
2. O. Henry Prize Stories, ed. William Abrams, etc. (1980 – present)
3. The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan
4. Lunar Landscapes, John Hawkes
5. Shiloh, Bobbie Ann Mason
6. Obscure Destinies, Willa Cather
7. Through the Safety Net, Charles Baxter
8. In the Land of Men, Antonya Nelson
9. Welcome to the Arrow-Catcher Fair, Lewis Nordan
10. Crash Diet, Jill McCorkle
11. All the Days and Nights, William Maxwell
12. Collected Stories 1939-1976, Paul Bowles
13. Break It Down, Lydia Davis
14. The Coast of Chicago, Stuart Dybek
15. Read This and Tell Me What It Says, A. Manette Ansay