- Publisher: William Morrow (October 30, 2006)
- ASIN: B001T2XT0Q
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,740,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing Hardcover – October 30, 2006
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It is interesting that the Tag Suggestions provided by Amazon.com include the terms "ripoff" and "rip off". I'll choose "rip off" as it takes up more space and will make this review seem much more like the length of a hardback book.
But Kindle readers beware: the text is only a few hundred words long and can be easily found on the net for free.
This makes the Kindle version very poor value indeed.
My own thought upon reading the rules themselves is that they are simply Leonard's rules for describing his own successful form of mystery story - telling.
His rules are primarily rules for what not to do, rules for making the writing economical, for making the story move without distraction.
Do not open the story with descriptions of the weather: Do not write a prologue: Never use a verb for dialogue other than 'said': Avoid detailed description of characters: Don't go into detail describing places and things: If it sounds like 'writing' correct it i.e. He explains that 'writing' is that too complicated in which one begins sentences with dependent clauses.
All in all a quite meager recipe although it does describe Leonard's practice.
If one wants to read something wonderful although a bit unkind on rules and writing one should look at Mark Twain's great essay on the errors in the writing of Fenimore Cooper.
Never buy a book on the strength of its cover: A hackneyed, yet valid, addage that I disregarded with true regret. On the strength of this experience I will never order another book without being able to glimpse its contents first.
I am also disappointed that Amazon would ballyhoo this book and solicit preorders without some caveat to fans of Mr. Leonard who had good reason to expect so much more.
A writer of journalistic texts myself, I always try to pick up what masters like Leonard have to say on the subject.
Leonards views are similar to what i already adapted,but some knew stuff were found to.
And the layout is really nice, just as the illustrations.
Leonards rules are the best you can get, and he has adapted them on this text too, which makes it short and effective.
Maybe a bit too effective.
It doesn't take more than half an hour to read through the book.
But on the other hand, that is part of his message.
Take away everything unnecessary.
Of the 89 pages, printed on very thick paper to give the volume some substance, fully 41 are blank. Many of the remainder contain a sentence or a brief paragraph.
All the advice, which is excellent, could have been delivered in a pamphlet. I expect a book on writing to contain more, well, writing.
I got this book used, but I still feel ill-used.
You'll get more good advice for less money if you pick up a copy of "On Writing Well" by Zinsser
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don’t like a lot of rules in my “10 Rules of Writing” kind of books. I like advice books, but I don’t like some guy giving me too much advice. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eric Blair
Elmore Leonard makes every word count. If it doesn't count, it's worse than a waste of paper. So remember that.Published 3 months ago by Dain Dunston
Some people say, "I read this book in no time." Here that truly applies. Short, sweet, to the point. No BS.Published 5 months ago by Chris Calcagno
There are RULES!!? No one better to share their writing process than the late, great Elmore Leonard! Some real gems here...Published 6 months ago by filmy
TOTAL FRAUD. Little more than 1000 words of nonsense padded out with thick paper, blank pages and cartoons. I hope that Leonard did not authorize this fraud. Read morePublished 7 months ago by John Yeoman
if you write, get this book. If you don't, you ought to get it anyway because it might inspire you to write - and then you'd know how to do it proper. Read morePublished 8 months ago by the king of pencils and sharpeners