Ploughshares Literary Magazine

The Five Pillars of Place by A.J. Kandathil

Ploughshares Literary Magazine

I just read a great article that I wanted to share with fellow writers who are working on projects that prominently feature place. “The Five Pillars of Place,” by A.J. Kandathil, is available from Ploughshares.

Kandathil identifies the Five Pillars of Place as:

  1. Position
  2. Economy
  3. Young vs. Old
  4. Greek Chorus
  5. Lexicon

In examining each pillar, she raises some very important questions about place that I think all writers should consider.


How to Write With Style, According to Kurt Vonnegut

According to Kurt Vonnegut, the 8 rules to writing with style are:

  1. Find a Subject You Care About
  2. Do Not Ramble, Though
  3. Keep It Simple
  4. Have the Guts to Cut
  5. Sound Like Yourself
  6. Say What You Mean to Say
  7. Pity the Readers
  8. For Really Detailed Advice, Read The Elements of Style by Strunk & White

For more on these 8 rules, check out Maria Popova’s article How to Write with Style: Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Keys to the Power of the Written Word.