Battle (using Kurt Vonnegut’s rules for writing fiction)!

Kurt Vonnegut

Eight rules for writing fiction:

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. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them — in order that the reader may see what they are made of.

7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.

8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.”

— Vonnegut, Kurt Vonnegut, Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons 1999), 9-10.

The rules above are from HERE.


Now about the BATTLE (life and death).

It will start at 10.00 a.m. eastern time in Hollywood, Florida here.

chessWhere exactly? In the shadow below the upper pool ( look straight north in the middle of the picture).

Combatants: YK (77) and JF (close to 80).

Weapons: chess and chess clocks.

Action: 3 blitz games (each opponent has 8 minutes in each game).

History: this season JF won majority of battles but yesterday he lost 0:3. He smiled and congratulated YK with great victory.

Both opponents will do everything possible to win today.

I hope you know what you need to do.

Hint: pray for me!

Only 65 minutes left!

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