Kurt Vonnegut’s Eight Rules for Writing a Short Story by Cristian Mihai
Kurt Vonnegut: He said Flannery O’Connor broke all his rules except the first and that great writers tend to do that...
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. Main character goes through Hell...
7. Write to please just one person. If you find one person who loves your writing, you can be sure you’ll find plenty others.
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.
Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul ☑
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