I have a deep love and respect for Kurt Vonnegut. Beyond his stories, his thoughts on writing and society continue to inspire me. Thanks to Brain Pickings, I am happy to provide this video version of his 8 Tips for Story Writing.
I am especially fond of the third one which reminds us that our characters must want something. Perhaps it my focus on need and motivation is because I had a drama teacher who pounded us with Uta Hagen’s 9 Questions. Whatever the reason, I like how simple these rules seem and yet how often, in the pursuit of our own agenda, we forget them. What’s even more intriguing is when good writers have the skill and imagination to break them.
What writer advice and/or rules to you like?