I’ve always been a terribly fond fan of Kurt Vonnegut.  I read him as a tween, and now as an adult (who sometimes feels like a teen) I still find the same pleasures in entering his worlds.  Today I found the following video of him talking about story shape.  It’s the first time I’ve seen him speak (not counting a video of him in Second Life) and he makes me happy all over again.

Here’s a complimenting link about the same concepts, published in Lapham’s Quarterly in 2005. The print version of the talk, in a way.

And since I’m on a roll and slightly obsessed, here is a video of some Vonnegut guidelines for writing. My favorite has always been: “Write to please just one person. If you open the window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.” Oh, the Vonnegut Spice.