KURT VONNEGUT ON CINDERELLA & WRITING
This chart, devised by Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007), is his stripdown of the ideal story plot, shown by deconstructing Cinderella. And much more useful than the advice he offered in his 2005 memoir A Man Without A Country:
“Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college."
But he's a very quotable writer, and this is one sample bite from among the hundreds you'll find online to save you the trouble of reading his books. It comes from his 1990 novel Hocus Pocus :
“Just because some of us can read and write and do a little math, that doesn't mean we deserve to conquer the Universe."