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Vonnegut’s eight rules for writing fiction (condensed)

Excite strangers. Reveal all quickly. Start near end. At least one character to root for. Characters must want something, anything. Attack them to show what they’re made of. Every sentence, reveal character or advance plot. Write to one. — Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons 1999).