How To Write With Style by Kurt Vonnegut

Why have not I read anything of Vonnegut’s before?! This shall be rectified. Please indulge yourself in this little truffle as much as I did, it is rich and worth slowly chewing to extract all the mouthwatering wisdom stirred into it….bòn appetìt!

Library of Babel

From: How to Use the Power of the Printed Word, Doubleday

Kurt Vonnegut, 1922-2007

Newspaper reporters and technical writers are trained to reveal almost nothing about themselves in their writings.This makes them freaks in the world of writers,since almost all of the other ink-stained wretches in that world reveal a lot about themselves to readers. We call these revelations, accidental and intentional, elements of style.
These revelations tell us as readers what sort of person it is with whom we are spending time. Does the writer sound ignorant or informed, stupid or bright, crooked or honest, humorless or playful?  And on and on.
Why should you examine your writing style with the idea of improving it? Do so as a mark of respect for your readers, whatever you’re writing. If you scribble your thoughts any which way, your readers will surely feel that you care nothing about them. They will…

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