Kurt vonnegut writing
Kurt vonnegut interview
This tip is about keeping your story focused. I don't trust the freeleancer's life, it's tough. His wife Jane had embraced Christianity, which was contrary to Vonnegut's atheistic beliefs, and with five of their six children having left home, Vonnegut said the two were forced to find "other sorts of seemingly important work to do". And there went my dream of doing with words what Pablo Picasso did with paint or what any number of jazz idols did with music. He escapes to a television studio, tears away his handicaps, and frees a ballerina from her lead weights. If ever I do write anything of length—good or bad—it will be written with you in mind. A petition to the mayor about a pothole in front of your house or a love letter to the girl next door will do. 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. I myself grew up in Indianapolis, where common speech sounds like a band saw cutting galvanized tin, and employs a vocabulary as unornamental as a monkey wrench. He recovers, and ends the financial battle by declaring the children of his county to be his heirs. As Strunk and White wrote in Elements of Style: Start sniffing at the air, or glancing at the trend machine, and you are as good as dead, although you may make a nice living.
I myself grew up in Indianapolis, where common speech sounds like a band saw cutting galvanized tin, and employs a vocabulary as unornamental as a monkey wrench. Beyond that, he had no positive ideas, only negatives.
Readers want our pages to look very much like pages they have seen before. The one most vehemently recommended by teachers has no doubt been pressed on you, as well: to write like cultivated Englishmen of a century or more ago.
Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water. My teachers wished me to write accurately, always selecting the most effective words, and relating the words to one another unambiguously, rigidly, like parts of a machine.
Delacorte Press. Use words I know.
Pity the Readers Readers have to identify thousands of little marks on paper, and make sense of them immediately. In his biography of Vonnegut, Stanley Schatt suggested that the short story shows "in any leveling process, what really is lost, according to Vonnegut, is beauty, grace, and wisdom".
His war experience was crying out to be written.
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