Kurt Vonnegut’s tips for storytellers

Whether you’ve seen it before and need a refresher or it’s new to you, this lecture by the late Kurt Vonnegut—who began his incredibly sucessful writing career as a journalist—on the “shape of stories” is as full of laughs as it is an instructive summary of the most popular narrative arcs, and, therefore, always worth a watch.

Link via Openculture.com.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 9:58 am by editor · · Tagged with: , ,

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  1. Written by Charles J. Shields
    on April 8, 2011 at 7:38 pm
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    Just a note to let you know about a book blog I’ve started with a different twist: “Writing Kurt Vonnegut.” Every Saturday, I post another excerpt from my notebook as Vonnegut’s biographer— profiles of the people I met, the difficulties encountered, and the surprises, such as finding 1,500 letters he thought he had lost forever. It’s a blog written in episodes about being a literary detective.

    Perhaps you’d like to give it a look at http://www.writingkurtvonnegut.com

    All the best,

    Charles J. Shields
    And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut, A Life (Holt, November 2011)

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