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Write like Kurt Vonnegut

posted July 23, 2008, 12:59 pm by dscanland | Filed Under Editorial | comment 3 Comments

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Kurt Vonnegut

Out in the blogosphere I ran across a link to an old article by Kurt Vonnegut entitled How To Write With Style. Seeing that Music Emissions is primarily a site to practice your critical writing I thought this an appropriate post. It’s not about music but how to get your point across in a way that would compel others to read.

The key points Vonnegut makes is this:

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

Follow the link above for the full story. As with all Vonnegut penned pieces it makes quite decent reading.


3 Responses to “Write like Kurt Vonnegut”

  1. Profile photo of kev_stev on July 23rd, 2008 2:26 pm

    Never got into Vonnegut. I read Cat’s Cradle and found that it was too weird for my liking.

  2. Profile photo of SolitaryMan on July 24th, 2008 4:50 pm

    Same as kev_stev, but his advice here is as sound as any you’ll find for writers. I find myself guilty of rambling, and it’s something that all writers need to watch out for, I think. Some more than others. :)

  3. Profile photo of dscanland dscanland on July 24th, 2008 6:07 pm

    The key is in the cut. If you can cut the shit then you’ve cut the rambling.

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