Kurt Vonnegut on Writing

Stuart Suffel

Well-Known Member
Aug 19, 2016
Hopefully y'all can get this link below. This is one of the very best, if not the best 'treatise' on writing I've come across. It's print and pin on wall good.

On plot:

I guarantee you that no modern story scheme, even plotlessness, will give a reader genuine satisfaction, unless one of those old-fashioned plots is smuggled in somewhere. I don’t praise plots as accurate representations of life, but as ways to keep readers reading. When I used to teach creative writing, I would tell the students to make their characters want something right away—even if it’s only a glass of water. Characters paralyzed by the meaninglessness of modern life still have to drink water from time to time.

'...I get up at 7:30 and work four hours a day...'

That's the stuff, count me in for that ...unless the job is as an executioner;)

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