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Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Rules For Writing a Short 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.


But like all rules, they can be broken, as Vonnegut mention. Its just a tool to help you get started :)


- Kurt Vonnegut: Bagmbo Snuff Box.  

17 de Outubro de 2016 às 17:55 2 Denunciar Insira 7

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Светлана Винн Светлана Винн
не понимаю пункт 7 )))
12 de Agosto de 2018 às 08:24
Svitanje Sandalič Svitanje Sandalič
Funny!
26 de Julho de 2018 às 12:27
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