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Kurt Vonnegut's 8 tips - best advice to writers

Vonnegut’s best advice to writers: 8 tips revisited

The great writer Kurt Vonnegut’s best advice to writers, the 8 ‘rules’ reprinted in his story collection Bagombo Snuff Box (1999), has been shared often. Read Vonnegut’s creative writing tips below. We ask: Are they good rules? First: Who is Kurt Vonnegut? If you aren’t familiar with Vonnegut’s writing, Kurt Vonnegut Jr (November 11, 1922 to […]

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Descriptive verbs - 7 tips for avoiding weak adverbs

Descriptive verbs: 7 tips for avoiding weak adverbs

‘Don’t use adverbs. Only ever use descriptive verbs.’ This is a writing ‘rule’ often repeated, partly thanks to Stephen King’s strong views on the subject. It’s true that beginning authors often use adverbs to cover up bland dialogue or action. You don’t have to avoid adverbs completely, however. Here are 7 ways to make sure you don’t use adverbs the wrong […]

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