Sunday, March 20

Kurt Vonnegut on short stories

Kurt Vonnegut was an American writer, author of Slaughterhouse-Five (1969) among other works.

This short video has some of his best advice on writing short stories, including some odd ones, such as: "Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible."

I really like "every sentence must do one of two things - reveal character or advance the action."  More surprising are: "start as close to the end as possible," and "write to please just one person."

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