Essay on Vonnegut, Malcolm X, And King 's Advice

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At some point in life you have to learn, either from yourself, guardians, or in this case famous writers. I recently got an interest in writing poems about four months ago. When writing poems I usually know what I’m going to write before I even write it. Other times I just have a bunch of ideas that I have no clue what to do with. Vonnegut, Dillard, Malcolm X, and King’s advice have helped develop my writing into something I never thought was possible. I’ve struggled with; knowing what information to cut, broadening my vocabulary, not writing often enough, and being afraid of my own work. Each of these writers will impact my writing tremendously, and help one or more of my struggles in their own way.
First, my biggest writing struggles is knowing which material to cut and when to cut it. Both Vonnegut and Dillard insist, writers have to be able to cut words, sentences, or even paragraphs that are off topic or repetitive. Vonnegut suggests, “If a sentence… does not illuminate your subject in some new and useful way, scratch it out” (“How”). Many times when writing I’ve just started babbling and left it because I thought it helped my essay when in fact, it only made it weaker. Now when I compose anything, from poems to essays, I always cut out irrelevant or repetitive information. Dillard believes, “It doesn’t hurt to babble… as long as you have the sense to cut irrelevances later” (“How I wrote the Moth essay- and why”, 3). I’ve taken Dillard’s advice, and it has helped me…

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