17 July 2008

“How to Write With Style” by Kurt Vonnegut

In an essay from his 1981 collection, Palm Sunday, the wonderful Kurt Vonnegut, another famous Hoosier, offered simple, sensible advice on improving your writing.
Listen to this on learning how to “sound like yourself”:

I myself find that I trust my own writing most, and others seem to trust it most, too, when I sound most like a person from Indianapolis, which is what I am. What alternatives do I have? 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.

The seven points, in all:

  1. Find a subject you care about
  2. Do not ramble, though
  3. Keep it simple
  4. Have guts to cut
  5. Sound like yourself
  6. Say what you mean
  7. Pity the readers
I found this on merlin Mann's 43 Folders, a place I frequent on the web.

Agree with Vonnegut or just appreciate his way with words, read more on People's Geography.

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