Elmore Leonard: 10 Rules

Writer of great books and source for great movies and tv shows, Elmore Leonard's 10 rules for good writing:

  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”he admonished 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 part that readers tend to skip.
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Antonio Ortiz

Antonio Ortiz has always been an autodidact with an eclectic array of interests. Fascinated with technology, advertising and culture he has forged a career that combines them all. In 1991 Antonio developed one of the very first websites to market the arts. It was text based, only available to computer scientists, and increased attendance to the Rutgers Arts Center where he had truly begun his professional career. Since then Antonio has been an early adopter and innovator merging technology and marketing with his passion for art, culture and entertainment. For a more in-depth look at those passions, visit SmarterCreativity.com.

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