Rules for writing

While browsing aimlessly, I happened upon an article on The Guardian on rules for writing.
I was completely taken with Elmore Leonard’s advice. Some excerpts:

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 […]

8 Avoid detailed descriptions of characters […]

My thoughts exactly. I’m going to have to read this guy.

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One Response to Rules for writing

  1. viejecita says:

    Those rules are great.
    But they are no use if the reader doesn’t give a hoot about what happens to the people in the book.
    For me, having good story lines, about people you like, or like to hate, is the most important condition in a book of fiction.
    I have read only a few books by Elmore Leonard, but I am sorry to say none of them fulfilled that condition.

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