- Published: New York : William Morrow, c2007.
- Year Published: 2007
- Edition: 1st ed.
- Description: 89 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 20 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- 9780061451485 (limited edition)
- 0061451487 (limited edition)
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Elmore Leonard's 10 rules of writing
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Call number: 808.3 Le
Available Copies: Downtown 3rd Floor
"Originally published in the New York Times, July 16, 2001, as 'Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamations Points and Especially Hooptedoodle'"--Colophon.
Presents ten fundamental rules for aspiring writers to help avoid specific elements that can slow down the action and distract the reader.
Leonard’s rules are things that every writer has already heard from teachers, editors, and other writing books. Things like “don’t open with the weather” and “keep your exclamation points under control” are writer 101. Others are unique to Leonard, but won’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s read his books. “Avoid detailed descriptions of characters” and “don’t go into great detail describing places and things” are rules that work for Leonard’s style. He writes hardboiled murder mysteries that are mostly dialog. However, someone writing historical fiction or thrillers in exotic locations would have no use for such advice.
ELMORE LEONARD’S TEN RULES FOR WRITING is a puff piece for Leonard himself. It shows the rules that he follows when writing his own books, nothing more.
I can imagine how many aspiring writers received ELMORE LEONARD’S TEN RULES FOR WRITING for Christmas, finished it in five minutes, and promptly forgot about it. I’m not sorry I read it–it was a fun novelty–but it’s not something I will ever feel the need to read again.
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