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Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing (edition 2007)

by Elmore Leonard, Joe Ciardiello (Illustrator)

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Title:Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing
Authors:Elmore Leonard
Other authors:Joe Ciardiello (Illustrator)
Info:William Morrow & Company (2007), Edition: Limited, Hardcover, 89 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:non fiction, writing, inspiration, humor

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If I want to be a master, I must learn from the master. Good lessons learned. Curiously, one of the rules is something he breaks constantly. But no matter, I already strictly adhere to the other 9, so perhaps I'm on my way. This really shouldn't qualify as a book though. It's an article stretched between two hard covers to give the appearance of a book. Guess I'll have to read a 900 page book to make up for it. ( )
  MartinBodek | Jun 11, 2015 |
This book is certainly short. I finished it in record time, mostly because each page is no longer than a couple of paragraphs. Leonard doesn’t bother with long paragraphs. He prefers simple statements, the shorter the better. This leaves plenty of room for interpretation, but look elsewhere for an in-depth discussion of how to write. Leonard’s aim seems to be to give concise, wry comments on the process of writing, along with useful rules to try and follow. He also cites exceptions, showing that writing is such a fluid process that it resists being squeezed into a set of ten rules. The illustrations work together with the words to complement the points, making them equally important. This is perhaps a necessity for the sake of brevity. The use of a new page for every point might seem excessive, but it does make the reader concentrate on what’s being said. Leonard does state that the rules are about staying invisible, and they can be skipped.
A refreshing change? Complete arrogance? It’s an interesting approach, but probably not one to be used in isolation. It’s worth ruminating on, even if some or all of the rules go out of the window.
  Tselja | Jul 23, 2014 |
Short and sweet. The points have been made in any number of ways, before and since, but the simplicity of this book really brings them across -- and the illustrations are amusing. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
Humorous. Great illustrations. "Rule #1: Do not start a book with the weather." Another is: "Leave out the parts people don't want to read." The "bottom line" of writing advice from an old school author for writers who want to make it to and stay on the Best Seller List and who want to sell books and make money (that's every author, right?). Most important point: author invisibility in the story. No "hoopdedoodle." Read it in 30 minutes. Useful to remind oneself of the basics, but overpriced at $14.95 (hb) For a more extensive look at these rules from another "old school" writer see Dwight Swain's "Techniques of the Selling Writer." ( )
  JMReinbold | May 20, 2009 |
Everyone should own this book.
  Kathleen517 | Mar 27, 2009 |
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Elmore Leonard gives lesson on spare prose. Illustrations enhance text.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061451460, Hardcover)

"These are the rules I've picked up along the way to help me remain invisible when I'm writing a book, to help me show rather than tell what's taking place in the story."—Elmore Leonard

For aspiring writers and lovers of the written word, this concise guide breaks down the writing process with simplicity and clarity. From adjectives and exclamation points to dialect and hoopetedoodle, Elmore Leonard explains what to avoid, what to aspire to, and what to do when it sounds like "writing" (rewrite).

Beautifully designed, filled with free-flowing, elegant illustrations and specially priced, Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing is the perfect writer's—and reader's—gift.

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Presents ten fundamental rules for aspiring writers to help avoid specific elements that can slow down the action and distract the reader.

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