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Kurt Vonnegut on the shape of stories

This hilarious talk by Kurt Vonnegut on the shape of stories is worth your 4 and a half minutes. Of course, what he says is also totally right. I’ve posted about Vonnegut and his ideas about writing before and his points stand. Listen and be enlightened but still confused.

Vonnegut on Short Stories.

Good advice. Fits nicely with his How to Write With Style, which I posted back in the old days of The Black Laser.

Vonnegut Motivational Posters

Relating to the last post, here are some Kurt Vonnegut Motivational Posters.

I would actually pay good money for a print of this one.


Thanks, Tiffany!

Kurt Vonnegut – How to Write with Style

Let’s celebrate the 100th post on The Black Laser with someone else’s work.


I am a fan of Kurt Vonnegut. I mean, who isn’t a fan of his? Breakfast of Champions is incredible. So is Slaughterhouse 5. And Galapagos. And Sirens of Titan. You can’t go wrong. If you’re not convinced, the man was in Back to School as himself. What more do you need?

Consequently, when he writes about writing, you had better pay attention; these are a master’s words and advice. Take heed.

His article “How to Write with Style” breaks down into 7 main points.

  1. Find a subject you care about
  2. Do not ramble, though
  3. Keep it simple
  4. Have the guts to cut
  5. Sound like yourself
  6. Say what you mean to say
  7. Pity the readers

Personally, I feel good about number 1 (the darkness in the human soul) and 5 (can’t you just hear me speak?) in my own writing. Number 3 and 4 are things I can definitely work on. I fall in love with certain things and often have a hard time cutting them out even if they are not working. I also tend to get all retardedly baroque with my descriptions partly because it makes me laugh and partly because I like it, but I think that it is important for me to work on keeping the flavor of those passages without the too-wordy blathering. Streamline.

If you want to read the whole article, I’ve posted it here. Kurt Vonnegut – How to Write with Style.

Happy 100, Black Laserians!