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Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments KURT VONNEGUT
I'm starting this thread because I keep finding so many interesting things to say about Kurt Vonnegut.

This thread will be very random. :)


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Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Kurt Vonnegut: 8 Basics of Creative Writing
SEE: https://www.writingclasses.com/toolbo...


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Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments COLLEGE SPEECH ATTRIBUTED TO VONNEGUT: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/a...

"The greatest commencement speech ever was the one that has long been attributed to Kurt Vonnegut, but that was really a column written by Mary Schmich for the Chicago Tribune about a speech she would have liked to give to a graduating class. It includes this famous line: 'If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.' Somebody decided to post it on the Internet as a Vonnegut speech at MIT in 1997, and it became an urban legend."

"Here’s the speech that was never given by Vonnegut or Schmich." [SEE LINK ABOVE.]


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Nina | 6067 comments I read the speech and it reminded me of the times when it was given. Summed them up pretty good.


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Nina | 6067 comments Joy H. wrote: "Kurt Vonnegut: 8 Basics of Creative Writing
SEE: https://www.writingclasses.com/toolbo..."
I wish I could have read this one but my computer just didn't get it.


message 6: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Mar 06, 2016 06:20PM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Nina wrote: "Joy H. wrote: "Kurt Vonnegut: 8 Basics of Creative Writing
SEE: https://www.writingclasses.com/toolbo... "
I wish I could have read this one but my computer just didn't get it."


Here it is, Nina:
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"Kurt Vonnegut: 8 Basics of Creative Writing"

"Kurt Vonnegut created some of the most outrageously memorable novels of our time, such as Cat's Cradle, Breakfast Of Champions, and Slaughterhouse Five. His work is a mesh of contradictions: both science fiction and literary, dark and funny, classic and counter-culture, warm-blooded and very cool. And it's all completely unique."

"With his customary wisdom and wit, Vonnegut put forth 8 basics of what he calls Creative Writing 101:

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 heck 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."

"The greatest American short story writer of my generation was Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964). She broke practically every one of my rules but the first. Great writers tend to do that."

"From the preface to Vonnegut's short story collection Bagombo Snuff Box".
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FROM: https://www.writingclasses.com/toolbo...


message 7: by Nina (new)

Nina | 6067 comments Thank you Joy for posting the Kurt V.'s writing suggestions. They were most interesting to me as I was in a crituque writing class for fifteen years and so they actually made sense to me. All of them.Some of my classmates went on to well known published writers. All in all it was a wonderful experience. Too much to go into on Goodreads.


message 8: by Joy H., Group Founder (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Nina, glad you were able to read them. Vonnegut is fun! He's always got his tongue in his cheek. :)


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