Ten Rules For Writing Fiction ~ Elmore Leonard

Great blog post on rules for writers by some literary greats.

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Elmore Leonard started out writing westerns, then turned his talents to crime fiction. One of the most popular and prolific writers of our time, he’s written about two dozen novels, most of them bestsellers, such as GlitzGet Shorty,Maximum Bob, and Rum Punch.  Unlike most genre writers, however, Leonard is taken seriously by the literary crowd.

What’s Leonard’s secret to being both popular and respectable? Perhaps you’ll find some clues in his 10 tricks for good writing, or in the words of the four Authors who share their ten (or less) rules  for writing fiction below.

RankinIan Rankin

1 Read lots.

2 Write lots.

3 Learn to be self-critical.

4 Learn what criticism to accept.

5 Be persistent.

6 Have a story worth telling.

7 Don’t give up.

8 Know the market.

9 Get lucky.

10 Stay lucky. 

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  1. I always enjoy reading the ‘rules’ other authors live and write by. There’s always a difference of opinions, of course, but the foundational ones are usually the same – and it’s neat to read what other writers think/ do/ practise in order to create their best. 🙂

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