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Some writing tips from ELMORE LEONARD

Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2013/08/20

This is from an article that he wrote back in 2011. I ran across it today while reading about his passing. Considering how successful he was as an author it just might be good advice.

WRITERS ON WRITING; Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle

These are rules I’ve picked up along the way to help me remain invisible when I’m writing a book, to help me show rather than tell what’s taking place in the story. If you have a facility for language and imagery and the sound of your voice pleases you, invisibility is not what you are after, and you can skip the rules. Still, you might look them over.

1. Never open a book with weather.

If it’s only to create atmosphere, and not a character’s reaction to the weather, you don’t want to go on too long. The reader is apt to leaf ahead looking for people. There are exceptions. If you happen to be Barry Lopez, who has more ways to describe ice and snow than an Eskimo, you can do all the weather reporting you want.

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Why Technical People Should Blog (But Don’t) | The Official Rackspace Blog

Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2012/11/11


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Writing Tips: Write What You Know

Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2012/05/06

If there’s one piece of writing advice that took me years to truly understand, it’s write what you know.

When I first heard this instruction, I thought it was odd. I don’t remember where I first heard it, but I do remember thinking that as far as writing tips went, it was absurd.

What about writing from your imagination or your feelings? How do genres like science fiction and fantasy fit into the idea that you should only write what you know? 

It all seemed rather limiting. Was I supposed to write about American suburbia? Because that’s what I knew, and it was the last thing I wanted to write about. One of the reasons memoir doesn’t appeal to me as a writer is because I don’t want to write what I know. I don’t want to relive my life. I want to use writing to live outside of my life, to explore what I don’t know.

I decided to disregard the advice and write whatever I wanted, whether I knew it or not.

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Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2012/01/17

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