As a published crime writer I'm going to post what it's like to be a professional writer, the good and the bad days, writing and not writing.
To which I would add, as if Leonard's advice needs amending, if you're skipping over parts of a story you wrote, the reader will, too.
Though I'm a big fan of Elmore Leonard's, I think his suggestion is too cute by half. Weather plays major roles in the novels of Simenon and Ed McBain/Evan Hunter; place description informs story and character in the books Tony Hillerman and Brian Garfield; backstory in the novels of Denise Mina and Ruth Rendell helps create real people rather than sketches or cartoons.--Ed Gorman
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