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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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SpongeMonkey: Dad & Sis

Two more character sketches for my SpongeMonkey story. Sid's Dad and sister, Imogen.

As I continue to write the story, I notice it's changed it's focus a couple times as I honed in on what's it's really about, keeping that clear now in my sights. Knowing the themes, plot and story points informs the character sketches, and vice versa. Imogen had a different name earlier, and certain traits I wanted in the sketch were at odds slightly with how I was writing her. This sketch has altered her character and will change a scene or two, some lines that don't fit anymore.

In just the last week or two: the story has taken more solid shape; I've settled on the look, process and format; and the characters are becoming more whole and complex, both visually and in terms of personality.

What fun!

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Old Man Writing

Sketching is thinking is writing is ruminating is creating is challenging is cathartic. So let's get out there and think, write, draw, create!