I’m genuinely curious about this… I’d even want to see some stats on this.
I’ve gone in and out of phases of posting original content— photos/journal entries— and then others where I reblog stuff. I think I try to do about 50% for each nowadays. My friend Brianna brought up an interesting point about following people who post original content and creativity. How many of you (mostly) follow blogs that are original content? How many of you follow mostly rebloggers? And what do you prefer to see out of me (not that that would change what I am doing now)?
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Should the beholder have poor eyesight, he can ask the nearest person which girls look good. (Actually, the prettiest ones are almost always the most boring, and that is why some people feel there is no God.)”—Woody Allen in On Love, an essay in “Without Feathers”
“If somebody says “I love you” to me, I feel as though I had a pistol pointed at my head. What can anybody reply under such conditions but that which the pistol holder requires? “I love you, too.”—Kurt Vonnegut, Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons
Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action.
Start as close to the end as possible.
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.
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.
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.
One can definitely see all this in action in Slaughterhouse Five. Interested in seeing how it plays in his other novels. I’ve also read Palm Sunday, but that’s not really a story.