Elmore Leonard’s Ten Rules of Writing




Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing, via The Trad

Know them. Love them.


I remember reading this right before reading the 5th Frank Herbert Dune novel. The thing I noticed most was number 3 – Herbert used “said”, if he used anything at all.

As for #4, I got dinged for that when I submitted my novel the first time around.

And #8 is the pitfall of the fanfic writer. And Laurell K. Hamilton. (Sorry, Laurell, but it’s true.)

About Josh Roseman

Josh Roseman (not the trombonist; the other one) has been published in -- among others -- Asimov's, Escape Pod, and Evil Girlfriend Media. In 2015, he released his first collection, The Clockwork Russian and Other Stories, and followed it up with 2016's Memories of My Father. When not writing, he mostly complains that he's not writing. Find him online at roseplusman.com, or on Twitter @listener42.
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