Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing
- Never open a book with weather.
- Avoid prologues.
- Never use a verb other than ‘said’ to carry dialogue.
- Never use an adverb to modify the verb ‘said.’
- Keep your exclamation points under control.
- Never use the words ‘suddenly’ or ‘all hell broke loose.’
- Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
- Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
- Don’t go into great detail describing places and things.
- Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.