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Kurt Vonnegut On Writing

Some great, and funny advice from a master of the storytelling craft.

Kurt Vonnegut is one of my favourite writers of all time, and it's not just his books that I love, it's everything about him. He is one of those rare writers that encompasses the craft in every aspect of his being. To Vonnegut, writing isn't just something you do, it is something you are.

His quotes and talks are hilarious and outrageous, but incredibly informative. This short video on the 'Shape Of Stories' is a brilliant example of this.

Vonnegut was such a unique character in his life and his work. One of my favourite quotes of his, where he described the often painful job of being a writer, is:

"When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth."

- Kurt Vonnegut

This quote reminds me of a brilliant quote that Noel Gallagher once used to describe his wayward and often angry younger brother Liam,

"He's like a man with a fork, in a world full of soup."

- Noel Gallagher

But, on a more serious note, this article is a brilliant summary of some of the best advice on writing and storytelling that Vonnegut had to offer, and it's one I go back to time and time again.

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