Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Vonnegut on writing

Kurt, cutting to the chase again:

1. Find a subject you care about.
2. Do not ramble, though.
3. Keep it simple.
4. Have the guts to cut.
5. Sound like yourself.
6. Say what you mean to say.
7. Pity the readers.

I actually wrote a story today, first one in a while.

1 and 7 I'm fine with. 2 to 6 need a bit more attention...


Carlos said...

I love Vonnegut, sonaofbitch shoulda kept writing and not died on us. Poteet-weet. And so it goes.

By happenstance I am currently reading his collection of shorts, Welcome to the Monkey House. I wrote my first short story (actually, my second, this was the first I submitted) a few months ago while on vacation. It is terrible. Both are terrible. On the next attempt, I will take these rules to heart. Thanks.

Tom Conoboy said...

Yep, I think he's due a revival. We need his cheery insolence in these sombre corporate times.

Keep writing the terrible stories. Through some unconscious process of osmosis they will get better. Or so I'm told. It it seems to take a while, though...