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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Saturday Morning Confusion!

You remember a few days ago I mentioned that Kurt Vonnegut Jr. had passed away at the age of 84.

I ran across this piece that will be of interest to anyone who has thought of writing as a pastime or career.

Vonnegut's rules for short stories.

Here's some lovely advice on writing short stories, from Kurt Vonnegut's collection, Bagombo Snuff Box:

1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.

2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.

3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

4. Every sentence must do one of two things -- reveal character or advance the action.*

5. Start as close to the end as possible.

6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them -- in order that the reader may see what they are made of.

7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.

8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

Thanks to Cory Doctorow for submitting.

Your humble scribe;
Allan W Janssen

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