Kurt Vonnegut’s Advice for Writers

Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut says fiction is an art form unto its own.

“All of fiction is a practical joke—making people care, laugh, cry or be nauseated or whatever by something which absolutely not going on at all. It’s like saying, ‘Hey, your pants are on fire.’ “

“Don’t worry about getting into the profession. Write anyway to make your soul grow.

“That’s what the practice of any art is, it isn’t to make a living, it’s to make your soul grow.”

From interview: Vonnegut on Fiction.

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