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3.0 out of 5 stars Elmore Leonard's rules for writng like Elmer Leonard, February 25, 2008
This review is from: Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing Ltd Ed (Hardcover)
This book is considered by many readers a rip-off, a magazine article bloated into a book.
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.
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Initial post: Feb 26, 2008 1:03:41 PM PST
Ethan Cooper says:
Thanks. Twain's comments are hilarious.

Posted on Feb 26, 2008 1:06:43 PM PST
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