BlockCourtesy of Gerry Webber from a piece in the New York Times from 2001:

Elmore Leonard’s 10 writing tips

From an article written in 2001

1. Never open with weather

2. Avoid prologues

3. Never use a verb other than ”said” to carry dialogue

4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb ”said”

5. Keep your exclamation points under control

6. Never use the words ”suddenly” or ”all hell broke loose”

7. Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly

8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters

9. Don’t go into great detail describing places and things

10. Try to leave out the parts that readers tend to skip

Read the full New York Times article here.

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