December 4, 2013 Christi

Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 rules for writing a short story – BookBaby Blog

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Christi Krug‘s insight:

(Click on the link to read the 8 rules.)


I recently went through a collection of Vonnegut’s early short fiction. It was apparent that he was forming these rules, even then.


I especially like "Be a sadist." So many times, writers fall in love with their characters and want nothing bad to happen to them. This makes for a happy daydream, but a terrible short story.


Another important rule: number 3: every character should want something. I like to amp up that wanting and make the thing terribly, terribly important to my character – and have consequences to the character if she doesn’t get it.  

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