Elmore Leonard: “If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.”


Renowned Elmore Leonard has died. More than a few of his stories and novels have been turned into films. Below are some titles to try from the library. On learning of his death, we realized there were some Elmore Leonard holes in the collection, so more are on the way.
In the meantime, writers and everyone else who needs to communicate can read his sage rules on writing from the NY Times (click for his explanations):
1. Never open a book with weather.
2. Avoid prologues.
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.
6. Never use the words ”suddenly” or ”all hell broke loose.”
7. Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
9. Don’t go into great detail describing places and things.
10. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

To read/watch:

Cuba Libre / Elmore Leonard – PS3562.E55 C83 1999


3:10 to Yuma (1957) – V-F D384 Thr DVD (screenplay)


Out of Sight / directed by Steven Soderbergh – V-F S634 Out DVD


Jackie Brown / a film by Quentin Tarantino – V-F T372 Jac DVD (screenplay)

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