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Elmore Leonard’s 10 Basic Rules

February 1, 2012

 1. Never open a book with weather.

2. Avoid prologues.

3. Never use a verb other than ”said” to carry dialogue….

Elmore Leonard. Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and especially Hooptedoodle.”—Writers on Writing Series. New York Times, July 16, 2001 

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