This is a random fact about my blog writing—I keep Elmore Leonard’s “Ten Tricks For Good Writing” handy with me whenever I work my way through a post I want to add to my website. Leonard, the author of Get Shorty and Rum Punch, gives these ten pieces of advice for writing a book:
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’, I admonish you gravely.
5. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.
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
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When you draft a will, you have to name an executor/personal representative for your will, or else the State will choose one for you (a process that will likely cost attorney fees and a few months of time). The executor’s duty is to marshal all of your assets upon your death, pay your outstanding obligations as required by law, and then make a distribution of the remaining proceeds consistent with your instructions in the will.
Very little online guidance is available to provide assistance for choosing the right executor to serve for you.
Some factors that you should consider when making your choice:
#1. Likelihood of Actually Serving: Ideally, you want to choose someone as your executor who is younger than you. If you choose one of your peers to serve as an executor, he may die before you. In that event, you may have to go through the … Read the rest of this article!