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Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel
the time was wasted. And how the hell do you do that? It’s like saying
“write good stuff”.
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 hell 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. Vonnegut qualifies
the list by adding that Flannery O’Connor broke all these rules except the
first, and that great writers tend to do that.
I wanted to have this in text form, so I found the following on lifehacker:
From Vonnegut’s “Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction”: 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.
This is advice on writing for tabloids.
You can write about porn!!!
good for you!!
Maybe, but every living person is the embodiment of one of those stories.
And not every person has read each of those stories.
Each person,as they mature will find in their life tme that it has all been
done before and will read and find that we have reached a point of
repetition of ideas and thoughts…
Two Vonnegut items to share with students:
*Vonnegut’s Eight Tips on How to Write a Great Story* (video below)
*The Shapes of Stories by Kurt Vonnegut*
Vonnegut’s storytelling got me at first read. Loved this guy!
You’re exactly right–use it as a SPICE, as opposed to a SAUCE or GLAZE. ;])
Porn itself isn’t worth writing however you could incorporate porn in a
larger context of a story. kinda like real life. you get up work drive pick
the kids up make phone calls etc. etc. then you fuck the wife or whatever
you fuck. call it microporn. john irving is good with microporn.
*Flash Fiction competition*
*Think you can write a story in under 50 words?*
To celebrate National Storytelling Week (Saturday 26 Jan – Saturday 02 Feb)
the Festival of Words are launching a flash fiction competition. The best
stories will be published on the Nottingham Festival of Words website, with
one lucky winner receiving a weekend pass for two to the festival.
*”For sale: baby shoes, never worn”*
*How to write*
Tip number eight is… well, weird!
“…to hell with suspense!”
(Ooops, forgot: Found via
I know I’ve posted it before, but we’re about to launch a new F&SF class
and it’s such a great starting point for discussion. Also just a great
thing to watch if you want to think about story-writing.
start as close to the end as possible . hahaaha genius
Well I’ve shared a few of these and nothings turned up on the blog, The
virtue of this is self evident to anyone interested in writing.
Start as close to the end as possible
8 tips by late Kurt Vonnegut on how to write a short story!
“Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of
water.” Kurt Vonnegut on short stories:
killing time on the youTubez. How’s your Tuesday?
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