Monday, July 04, 2005


"My most important piece of advice to all you would-be writers: when you write, try to leave out all the parts readers skip."

Elmore Leonard


Bill Peschel said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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