Kurt Vonnegut on how to write a short story

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| November 25th, 2013 | Posted in Be Heard |

25 Responses to “Kurt Vonnegut on how to write a short story”

  1. zedlepplin72 Says:

    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”.

  2. atsay714 Says:

    lol

  3. StudioHenge Says:

    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.

  4. StudioHenge Says:

    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.

  5. StudioHenge Says:

    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.

  6. dragmio Says:

    This is advice on writing for tabloids.

  7. Zwartekaka Says:

    You can write about porn!!!

  8. gftc10 Says:

    good for you!! :)

  9. Ga Wa Says:

    Maybe, but every living person is the embodiment of one of those stories.
    And not every person has read each of those stories.

  10. HAPPYTHELEAF Says:

    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…

  11. Laura Gibbs Says:

    Two Vonnegut items to share with students:

    *Vonnegut’s Eight Tips on How to Write a Great Story* (video below)
    http://ouclassannouncements.blogspot.com/2012/08/resource-vonneguts-eight-tips-on-how-to.html

    *The Shapes of Stories by Kurt Vonnegut*
    http://ouclassannouncements.blogspot.com/2012/08/this-infographic-is-based-on-some-ideas.html
    

  12. auralicioz Says:

    Vonnegut’s storytelling got me at first read. Loved this guy!

  13. buzzclick500 Says:

    You’re exactly right–use it as a SPICE, as opposed to a SAUCE or GLAZE. ;])

  14. writerconsidered Says:

    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.

  15. LeftLion Says:

    *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”*

    http://www.leftlion.co.uk/articles.cfm/id/5555/title/flash-fiction-competition#.UPgGUx1FX0Q
    

  16. Gilliom Werner Claessens Says:

    *How to write*

    Tip number eight is… well, weird!
    “…to hell with suspense!”
    What?

    (Ooops, forgot: Found via
    http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/04/03/kurt-vonnegut-on-writing-stories/
    )

  17. Cat Rambo Says:

    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.

  18. Mike Reeves-McMillan Says:

    Two Vonnegut items to share with students:

    *Vonnegut’s Eight Tips on How to Write a Great Story* (video below)
    http://ouclassannouncements.blogspot.com/2012/08/resource-vonneguts-eight-tips-on-how-to.html

    *The Shapes of Stories by Kurt Vonnegut*
    http://ouclassannouncements.blogspot.com/2012/08/this-infographic-is-based-on-some-ideas.html
    

  19. Annie Yim Says:

    *How to write*

    Tip number eight is… well, weird!
    “…to hell with suspense!”
    What?

    (Ooops, forgot: Found via
    http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/04/03/kurt-vonnegut-on-writing-stories/
    )

  20. harrison bergeron Says:

    start as close to the end as possible . hahaaha genius

  21. Garrick Tippett Says:

    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.

  22. Vincent Truffy Says:

    Start as close to the end as possible

  23. afshin zamanpour Says:

    8 tips by late Kurt Vonnegut on how to write a short story!

  24. Laurie Steed Says:

    “Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of
    water.” Kurt Vonnegut on short stories:

  25. Tomara Armstrong Says:

    killing time on the youTubez. How’s your Tuesday?