Kurt Vonnegut: Creative Writing 101

Am reblogging this so I can keep it close at hand–love his wisdom

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Kurt Vonnegut: Creative Writing 101

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“Kurt Vonnegut created some of the most outrageously memorable novels of our time, such as Cat’s Cradle, Breakfast Of Champions, and Slaughterhouse Five. His work is a mesh of contradictions: both science fiction and literary, dark and funny, classic and counter-culture, warm-blooded and very cool. And it’s all completely unique.”

With his customary wisdom and wit, Vonnegut put forth 8 basics of what he calls Creative Writing 101:

  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…

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  1. He also said to avoid semi-colons. Vonnegut is a hero to me. I’ll try to attach an old post I did on Kurt a while back.

    • thanks so much–though as a journalist I like semi-colons–I can see when telling a story they would get in the way

  2. I used to use them a lot; then I read what Kurt told his students…oops.

  3. Interesting

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