Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 96 pages
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"These are the rules I've picked up along the way to help me remain invisible when I'm writing a book, to help me show rather than tell what's taking place in the story."—Elmore Leonard

For aspiring writers and lovers of the written word, this concise guide breaks down the writing process with simplicity and clarity. From adjectives and exclamation points to dialect and hoopetedoodle, Elmore Leonard explains what to avoid, what to aspire to, and what to do when it sounds like "writing" (rewrite).

Beautifully designed, filled with free-flowing, elegant illustrations and specially priced, Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing is the perfect writer's—and reader's—gift.


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User Review  - MartinBodek - LibraryThing

If I want to be a master, I must learn from the master. Good lessons learned. Curiously, one of the rules is something he breaks constantly. But no matter, I already strictly adhere to the other 9, so ... Read full review

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User Review  - JMReinbold - LibraryThing

Humorous. Great illustrations. "Rule #1: Do not start a book with the weather." Another is: "Leave out the parts people don't want to read." The "bottom line" of writing advice from an old school ... Read full review


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About the author (2009)

Elmore Leonard wrote more than forty books during his long career, including the bestsellers Raylan, Tishomingo Blues, Be Cool, Get Shorty, and Rum Punch, as well as the acclaimed collection When the Women Come Out to Dance, which was a New York Times Notable Book. Many of his books have been made into movies, including Get Shorty and Out of Sight. The short story "Fire in the Hole," and three books, including Raylan, were the basis for the FX hit show Justified. Leonard received the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA and the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He died in 2013.

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