Kurt Vonnegut was a guy noteworthy for writings deep with meaning, with his stories being very interesting along the way. I’m no book critic so won’t bore you with any recommendations. Instead, here’s a list of his meat-and-potatoes writing tips found in a college-level exposition on creative writing.
Mr. Vonnegut urges a writer to:
· Find a subject you care about
· Do not ramble, though
· Keep it simple
· Have the guts to cut
· Sound like yourself
· Say what you mean to say
· Pity the readers
· And, for really detailed advice, see The Elements of Style, by Strunk & White (1979)
Go figure – I’ve had that book in my office for years. This article reminds me to actually (a, hem) open that cherished book.Interesting factoid: read up on Mr. Vonnegut on Wikipedia and you’ll quickly learn the story behind his book title, Slaughterhouse Five.