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:
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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