Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Rules for Writing

Whether you’re writing a sketch or a play or even improvising a scene, there is something to be gleaned from Mr. Vonnegut…

1.  Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.

2.  Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.

3.  Every character should want something, even if it is a glass of water.

4.  Every sentence must do one of two things – revel character or advance the action.

5.  Start as close to the end as possible.

6.  Be a Sadist.  No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them – in order that the reader may see what they are made of.

7.  Write to please just one person.  If you open the window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.

8.  Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible.  To hell with suspense.  Readers should have such complete understanding of what is  going on, where and why, that they should finish the story themselves should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

Got an improv question? E-mail me at boilingpointimprov[at]gmail.com

One response to “Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Rules for Writing

  1. Reblogged this on Geek perspectives.

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