I found this little ditty…

on the November 11th edition of “The Writer’s Almanac” by Garrison Keillor. Mr. Keillor noted that it the author’s Kurt Vonnegut’s birthday. Kurt was born on November 11th 1922. Mr. Keillor went on to write that Vonnegut in 1999 wrote an essay called “How to Write With Style.” Vonnegut ended his essaying by suming up his seven most important points.

1.  Find a subject you care about.

2. Do not ramble.

3. Keep it simple.

4. Have guts to cut.

5. Sound like yourself

6. Say what you mean

7. Pity the readers.

Now that is pretty good advice if you want to be a writer. Write about something that you care about. Be straight to the point and do not ramble on. Always keep it simple as keeping it complex will confuse the reader. Always have the guts to cut, trim and hack away at your work. Sounding like yourself is being yourself. Say what you mean from the heart. Always pity the readers. When it comes to my writing I follow all of these points.

Speaking of following, I have followed “The Writer’s Almanac” for many years either on Itunes or on the web. It has given me countless hours of enjoyment and enlightment. Mr. Keillor is quite the proficient writer himself. He is also the host of “A Prarie Home Companion”, a PBS radio show which broadcast from many different locations in the country. It’s home base though is Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It is the oldest theater ins the city of Saint Paul. Well I must go on and do my other writing chores. So until next time William out.

 

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