Visit my website for more articles about writing and creativity: The author of the best-selling novel Slaughterhouse-Five outlines eight steps you can follow to improve your writing.
You certainly don't open such a publication expecting such tips from novelist Kurt Vonnegut, a writer with a style of his own if ever there was one. Find a subject you care about.
It is this genuine caring, and not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style. I am not urging you to write a novel, by the way — although I would not be sorry if you wrote one, provided you genuinely cared about something.
A petition to the mayor about a pothole in front of your house or a love letter to the girl next door will do.
Remember that two great masters of language, William Shakespeare and James Joyce, wrote sentences which were almost childlike when their subjects were most profound. The longest word is three letters long.
Joyce, when he was frisky, could put together a sentence as intricate and as glittering as a necklace for Cleopatra, but my favorite sentence in his short story ' Eveline ' is this one: And lucky indeed is the writer who has grown up in Ireland, for the English spoken there is so amusing and musical.
I myself grew up in Indianapolis, where common speech sounds like a band saw cutting galvanized tin, and employs a vocabulary as unornamental as a monkey wrench.
If it happens to not be standard English, and if it shows itself when your write standard English, the result is usually delightful, like a very pretty girl with one eye that is green and one that is blue.
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? They hoped that I would become understandable — and therefore understood. And there went my dream of doing with words what Pablo Picasso did with paint or what any number of jazz idols did with music.
If I broke all the rules of punctuation, had words mean whatever I wanted them to mean, and strung them together higgledy-piggledy, I would simply not be understood.
Readers want our pages to look very much like pages they have seen before. This is because they themselves have a tough job to do, and they need all the help they can get from us.
I'll certainly keep writing on the subjects I care most about — many of them on display right here on Open Culture — keeping it as simple as I can bear, saying what I mean, and sounding likeKurt Vonnegut, ca. Photograph by PBS. This interview with Kurt Vonnegut was originally a composite of four interviews done with the author over the past decade.
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