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How to Write Better


Kurt Vonnegut in an essay from his 1981 collection, Palm Sunday, offered simple, sensible advice on improving your writing.
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.
His point is "sound like yourself!" The best writers, like Flannery O'Connor or Anne Lamott, use their own voice.

The seven points, in all from Vonnegut's essay are:

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


2 comments:

This is so where I'm at right now -I feel like God is calling me to write, and I need every piece of advice I can get! (If you want to laugh with / at me - check out my blog at www.surviving4.blogspot.com and read the article "Just Say No". It sums up the subject material God is giving me to work with...)

Thanks for the feedback - I am glad to see you blogging.

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