Watch Wednesday: Eight essential writing tips from Kurt Vonnegut

“When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.”
― Kurt Vonnegut

Despite feeling as inept as the rest of us Kurt Vonnegut is known as one of the 20th century’s great writers, penning classic novels like Slaughterhouse Five and Cat’s Cradle. He was also a noted journalist and a prolific short story writer.

Watch the clip below for Vonnegut’s eight pithy tips on writing a great short story. You can easily apply them to fiction of any length, his own work shows Vonnegut surely did.

My own favourite Vonnegut story is “King and Queen of the Universe” from the posthumous collection of unpublished works called Look at the Birdie.

Do you have a favourite Vonnegut story or novel? Please tell us in the comments.

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