Vonnegut Advice: Short Stories – YouTube

Kurt Vonnegut, author of Slaughterhouse-Five, shares eight tips on how to write a short story.

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 could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

via Vonnegut Advice: Short Stories – YouTube.

We learned from Lifehacker.com that these tips were originally listed in Vonnegut’s Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction. Maria Popova posted an article with the video on Brain Pickings today.


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