Rules

Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Rules for Writing Fiction

Hungry for more lists of rules? ūüôā Kurt Vonnegut gives us these eight nuggets of wisdom (my comments interspersed): 1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. Don’t pander, or write down to an audience for money. Write every...
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Mark Twain’s Rules for Writing, or Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offenses

Mark Twain gave us a great set of rules for a story, wrapped in a beautifully scathing critique of Fenimore Cooper’s books. The abridged rules: A¬†tale shall¬†accomplish something and¬†arrive somewhere. The¬†episodes of a tale shall be necessary parts of the tale, and shall help develop it. The¬†personages in a tale shall be¬†alive, except in...
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