This blogger sums up Kurt Vonnegut’s tips on how to write with style as:
- Find a subject you care about
- Do not ramble, though
- Keep it simple
- Have guts to cut
- Sound like yourself
- Say what you mean
- Pity the readers
I was about to say, “I’m not a writer (not beyond my ramblings here, anyway).” But that’s not true. I’m not a poet, I don’t write works of fiction, I’ve never written an article for a magazine or a newspaper, but I am a writer. I write guidelines, reports, and other thoroughly unexciting business documents. And, I am published (academic work). Vonnegut’s tips may not relate to business documents, but it’s still writing and it still takes skill.
But, I digress. He’s right and the list is pretty much the same as what you’ll read in any “how to” article … it’s just shorter and to the point.