Author: Ashleigh Bonner (Amazon/Twitter/Goodreads/Wattpad)
Genre: Mixed, mainly Science Fiction
Reading time: varies, 5 to 25 minutes per story
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
It's not that much of a stretch to say that you have probably never read a book quite like Ashleigh Bonner's "Well Wishes from a Prompt". Writers rarely pull back the curtain on their craft, and they certainly don't tend to do it in a book that they're selling. That's only part of what makes this book so unique.
The writing is so beautiful and eloquent at times, other times it pushes you to some uncomfortable place (in a good way), but it never sags or drags. Between the prompts and stories are tips and discussion questions. I felt like I was reading "Read" magazine from 1985 all over again. (I loved that magazine, by the way.)
It's almost like an entertaining "textbook" for authors, one that takes the time to provide examples of writing techniques as opposed to simply explaining them. The writing in the stories themselves almost seem effortless. One reminded me of "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut. It was that good.
The book will take you several sittings to get through. There are a few longer stories, but most are relatively short and can be read in 10 minutes or so. Take the extra time and read the tips, then go back and re-read just how they were applied. It really is a book about writing that doesn't feel like a book about writing, with suggestions to help you improve.
I highly recommend it, even though it falls outside of my primary mission of procuring quick reads.
My picks are a collection of reviews from fellow short story authors. I've tried to procure stories from different genres, from a wide variety of authors. Most importantly, you'll know how long it will take you to finish reading them.
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