Kurt Vonnegut recites his 8 tips for writing a great story

  1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
  2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
  3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
  4. Every sentence must do one of two things: reveal character or advance the action.
  5. Start as close to the end as possible.
  6. Be a sadist.
  7. Write to please just one person.
  8. Give your readers as much information as possible, as soon as possible.

10 Great Things Courtesy of Labor Unions

Happy Labor Day! 10 Great Things Courtesy of Labor Unions – GOOD

1. The Fair Labor Standards Act, which protected minors against child labor.
2. The concept, if not the total reality, of an eight-hour work day.
3. Time and a half for working overtime.
4. THE WEEKEND.
5. Health insurance and other fringe benefits given by employers.

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