Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Tips on How to Write a Great Story

  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 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.
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4 thoughts on “Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Tips on How to Write a Great Story

    • Thank you for the compliment ‘Easy’.
      I like your blog as well. Lots of information.
      I see you are also potentially looking for writers??
      I am pretty busy these days, but could contribute anything from editorials, to articles on food, to fiction and non-fiction works. All short form…of course 😉
      ~Meyer

      • They are very useful writing tools and the writing jobs are a Bonus.

        I’m here just getting connect with your blog and checking it out but feel free to contact me anytime if you need anything at all.

        I just launched Easy Lifestyles last year and I’m rolling out some very useful resources in the near future.

        It’s going to be very exciting. Thank you so much for checking out my blog.

        Enjoy your weekend.

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