Story Sprouts written by a variety of authors

Written in a short story or essay-type format by various authors in writing workshops, each author writes something they enjoy and then a story inspired by a photograph.
It begins to cover skills and writing exercises, useful for the would-be writer, or writers that want to improve on their skills, or gather inspiration for further writings, helps to bring focus to the writing process.
Each story gives the reader a glimpse of what the author is like, a taste of inspiration, of experience, of those that supported them, interweaving it all into their stories.
Throughout the book writers give their own tips and how they write, inspiration, about themselves, explaining their passion – quite insightful.
After quite a lot of pages, finally I got to some short stories. Although this may be useful information for other writers, very tedious for those that are not.
Once I got to the short stories, they moved at quite a good pace, a range of genres, style of writing and characters.
Some of the stories are not quite complete, the beginning, middle and end are not your typical ones, most have reasonable plots, but some need to have things added in order to be a complete short story; however, it may be fitting for the purposes of the workshop.
Most of the stories seem almost like a very short bedtime story, some only being a few paragraphs, inspirations forming from objects or bits and bobs. Quite unlike any collections of works I have read before.
Interesting and varied array of poetry complements the book. Basically any kind of writing one can think of doing it is put in the book. Anything that one could imagine, these writers find something to write about.
The range of writing forms is in essay form, flash fiction, picture book manuscript and poetry; allowing the writers to express themselves. Information about the workshops and how they went about doing this piece of writing end the sufficiently large book.
3/5 stars


Published by sharlene25

Sharlene Almond is the author of the genre-bending Annabella Cordova series, and a New Zealand travel book Journey in little Paradise. She has written a range of health, writing and body language articles; contributing as a guest writer on other blogs. Over the last ten years, Sharlene has attained qualifications in Body Language, Criminology, Journalism, Editing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Pet Care, and Animal Behaviour. While setting up an online nutritional business, she is studying to specialize in Medicinal Cannabis and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Sharlene is also currently editing her second Annabella Cordova novel, with two others in the works. To support her online business, Sharlene sends out a trimonthly newsletter covering health, body language, writing, and even articles centered on health topics for your pet.

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