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Elmore Leonard's 10 "Rules" of Writing

Discussion in 'Writing Discussions' started by Steerpike, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. Bear

    Bear Minstrel

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    Rule 11. There are no rules.
     
  2. SeverinR

    SeverinR Vala

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    First rule of writing, there is no definate rule.
    Change all the nevers to avoid most of the time or restrict it.

    Any rule of writing will have exceptions some of the time. (See, even this rule isn't steadfast.)

    Life doesn't always follow rules, so writers shouldn't either.
    Know the rules, the flags, the pitfalls, if you occasionally bend or break a rule, no harm. Dance around them with grace and you will do well.
     
  3. Helen

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    I like #10.

    As something to keep in mind during rewrites.
     
  4. Xitra_Blud

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    Some of these "rules" I can agree with, others, I do not. Truth is, it's all subjective (like any art). And looking at the arguments on this page, it further enforces my conclusion. You're not going to please everyone. My biggest advice to anyone who wants to start writing, write what you enjoy reading.
     
  5. DassaultMirage

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    This book is good. I mean disregard the points for a bit, but the physical book is nice, fonts are regal-looking and big and riddled with awesome drawings. I have it, one of my coolest possessions :D
     
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