Pity the Reader: On Writing with Style

Pity the Reader: On Writing with Style

By Kurt Vonnegut and Suzanne McConnell

The many editors among us who are also writers may appreciate this collection of writing advice from acclaimed novelist Vonnegut, collected and expanded upon by his former student and longtime friend Suzanne McConnell. She shares seemingly straightforward tips such as "Find a subject you care about," "Sound like yourself," "Keep it simple," and (perhaps an editor's favorite) "Have the guts to cut" but expands on them using stories and further quotes from Vonnegut. The 37 chapters cover a variety of topics, including plot, character, diligence, humor, revision, and community. 

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