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*Elmore Leonard (JUSTIFIED, VALDEZ IS COMING, GET SHORTY, BANDITS, HOMBRE, 3:10 to YUMA) turned 87 today.
He and I did a switch of sorts. He was born in New Orleans and grew up in Detroit, becoming the "Dickens of Detroit." I was born in Detroit and grew up in New Orleans and in other near-by cities.
He has 10 rules for writing that have become famous. Here they are:
- Never open a book with weather.
- Avoid prologues.
- Never use a verb other than "said" to carry dialogue.
- Never use an adverb to modify the verb "said”…he admonished gravely.
- Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.
- Never use the words "suddenly" or "all hell broke loose."
- Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
- Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
- Don't go into great detail describing places and things.
- Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.
If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Oh, and leave out the boring stuff.
Elmore Leonard gives more fantastic tips to writers in this: