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 Category:  General Non-Fiction
  Posted: August 29, 2012      Views: 639

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Keep reading and writing every day if you really want to succeed and get published.

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I am an avid reader and usually go through 80 to 85 books per year. I basically take a book with me everywhere and have found that reading is a must if we want to succeed in the writer's circle. My favorite genre is crime fiction and I'm a huge Elmore Leonard fan, among many others. I recently came across this little piece of wisdom by the very successful, Leonard.

Fortunately, I was aware of most of these rules but I love hearing them from an author of his stature and thought some of you Fanstorian fiction writers might use them, too:

"Elmore Leonard started out writing westerns, then turned his talents to crime fiction. One of the most popular and prolific writers of our time, he's written about two dozen novels, most of them bestsellers, such as Glitz, Get Shorty, Maximum Bob, and Rum Punch. Unlike most genre writers, however, Leonard is taken seriously by the literary crowd.

What's Leonard's secret to being both popular and respectable? Perhaps you'll find some clues in his 10 tricks for good writing: *

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.

My most important rule is one that sums up the 10.

If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.

(Just one other note. This is one of my own tricks. I finish a chapter or story, and go into a room where there is no noise (no listeners) of any kind and read the piece OUT LOUD. The key here is the OUT LOUD part. If you are like me, you will be surprised at things you want to edit before you post the piece.)

Also, I suggest you google Elmore Leonard if you don't know who he is or his credentials.


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* Excerpted from the New York Times article. Thanks, Loyd Taylor for your picture above. Bob
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