Apr 25, 2015

A to Z Challenge: V

Posted by AJ Blythe at Saturday, April 25, 2015
Source: Wikipedia

I guarantee you that no modern story scheme, even plotlessness, will give a reader genuine satisfaction, unless one of those old-fashioned plots is smuggled in somewhere. I don't praise plots as accurate representations of life, but as ways of keeping readers reading. When I used to teach creative writing, I would tell students to make their characters want something, even if it's only a glass of water. Characters paralyzed by the meaningless of modern life still have to drink water from time to time. One of my students wrote a story about a nun who got a piece of dental floss stuck beween her lower left molars, and who couldn't get it out all day long. I thought that was wonderful. The story dealt with issues a lot more important than dental floss, but what kept readers going was anxiety about when the dental floss would finally be removed. Nobody could read that story without fishing around in his mouth with a finger.

~ Kurt Vonnegut, Jr ~


LynnRodz on April 27, 2015 at 12:26 AM said...

Hi AJ, I love this quote. It made me want to get up and floss. LOL! I will definitely read through all the quotes (and maybe take a few) because I put a lot of quotes on my blog as well. Thanks for stopping by while I was off traveling and couldn't reciprocate sooner.

LynnRodz on April 27, 2015 at 12:27 AM said...
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AJ Blythe on April 27, 2015 at 9:23 PM said...

Hope you enjoyed your travels! So nice to find another who loves quotes too. I used to do a weekly quote, so there are heaps to read through here. Enjoy :)

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