Posted by: shorelineclusterpoets | August 20, 2013

Elmore Leonard’s passing

Elmore Leonard died this morning. For those who aren’t familiar with his work, you probably have heard the titles or seen movies and television shows based on it (including Justified, which is one of my favorite shows).  Here’s a link.

Leonard also penned a great article on improving your writing through simplicity.  You can read the NY Times piece here.

He writes “3. Never use a verb other than ‘said’ to carry dialogue.” His explanation is great, and it got me thinking about the fact that writers often struggle for the “right” word to use instead of said. In point four, Leonard argues against that because it is the writer over-stepping his bounds.

What do you think about Leonard’s tips?



  1. Yep. Absolutely. pare away, pare away, pare away. Too many words is just a writer trying to convince you that they’re more important than the story.

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