10 Writing (and Blogging) Tips from Elmore Leonard #taolife

10 Writing (and Blogging) Tips from Elmore Leonard  #taolife

10 Writing (and Blogging) Tips

Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard is an American novelist and screenwriter. His best-known works include Get Shorty, Out of Sight and Rum Punch (which became the movie Jackie Brown).

Elmore Leonard’s Ten Rules of Writing

“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.”

Elmore Leonard

1. Never open a book with the 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”…he admonished gravely.
5. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose. 
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 part that readers tend to skip.

My most important rule that sums up the 10.

“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.” 
Elmore Leonard

Check out these writing tips:

Henry Miller’s 11 Commandments of Writing (and Blogging)

Books by Elmore Leonard


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