Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Vonnegut's Eight Rules For Writing A Short Story



 
 
 
In his book Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction, 
Vonnegut listed eight 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.

1 comment:

  1. My husband and I have been having lots of problems living together, he never gives me attention or makes me happy because he has fallen in love with another woman outside our marriage. I tried my best to make sure that my husband leaves this woman but the more I talk to him about it the more he makes me feel sad and unhappy, My marriage started leading to divorce because he no longer gives me attention. I wanted to forget him but i love him and didn't want to lose him. We have been married for years and he is all I could call a true best friend and best in all, the man that handles my problems perfectly, the man that makes sacrifices for ,my happiness. I wanted him back in my life badly and I was so confused. My Friends told me to buy books about relationships, so I went online for relationship books while I came across a spell caster called Dr Emu. I read testimonies and reviews about him so I contacted him immediately, explained my problems to him. Same day , he casted a spell for me and assured me for 2 days that my husband will return to me and to my greatest surprise the third day my husband came knocking on my door and begged for forgiveness. I am so happy that my love is back again and not only that, we are about to get married again, he proposed. I wouldn't stop talking about him. Contact him today if you need his help via email: emutemple@gmail.com and you will see that your problem will be solved without any delay. Website: https://emutemple.wordpress.com/

    ReplyDelete