Kurt Vonnegut, den meisten bekannt von dem auch oft an Schulen gelesenen Roman Slaughterhouse Five, hat im Vorwort zur Kurzgeschichtensammlung Bagombo Snuff Box(1999;deutscher Titel: Suche Traum, biete mich an, Hanser 1999) folgende Bemerkungen zum Kreativen Schreiben gemacht:
1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
4. Every sentence must do one of two things- reveal character or advance the action.
5. Start as close to the end as possible,
6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them- in order that the readers may see what they are are made of.
7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense, Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.
Und dann, um augenzwinkernd alles zu relativieren, fügt er noch an:
„The greatest American short story writer of my generation was Flannery O`Connor (1925-64).
She broke practically every one of my rules but the first. Great writers tend to do that“.
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