Kurt Vonnegut on 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.

  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

– Kurt Vonnegut, “Palm Sunday”

One Comment

  1. Posted July 17, 2008 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Great quote. I added it to my cube wall and passed a copy on to my writing intern. She came back with the following quote from James Baldwin:

    All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story.