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R.I.P. Dutch

Elmore Leonard

Mr. Leonard’s Writing Advice:

• Never open a book with weather • Avoid prologues • Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue • Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said” • Keep your exclamation points ­under control • Never use the words “suddenly” or “all hell broke loose” • Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly • Avoid detailed descriptions of characters • Don’t go into great detail describing places and things • Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip

In his name, go forth and write.

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