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Offline Laura H

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Elmore Leonard's 10 rules of writing
« on: July 02, 2015, 06:15:09 PM »
We've all heard versions of these rules many times, but they bear repeating and I do like the way they're presented here-

http://www.brainpickings.org/2013/08/21/elmore-leonard-10-rules-of-writing/



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Re: Elmore Leonard's 10 rules of writing
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2015, 06:52:22 PM »
We've all heard versions of these rules many times, but they bear repeating and I do like the way they're presented here-

http://www.brainpickings.org/2013/08/21/elmore-leonard-10-rules-of-writing/

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Re: Elmore Leonard's 10 rules of writing
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2015, 06:58:09 PM »
Great link, Laura. No more perpetrating hooptedoodle for me. Just sayin.  :o

Offline Laura H

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Re: Elmore Leonard's 10 rules of writing
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2015, 07:00:10 PM »
 ;D
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou

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Re: Elmore Leonard's 10 rules of writing
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2015, 04:53:07 AM »
Thanks for the link. I agree with almost everything he says, but there are exceptions to the rules. Prologues for example I really enjoy if done right.

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Re: Elmore Leonard's 10 rules of writing
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2015, 06:29:42 AM »
Thanks for the link. I agree with almost everything he says, but there are exceptions to the rules. Prologues for example I really enjoy if done right.

The problem is that agents generally don't, because most debut authors don't do them well, so I would always avoid a prologue. Most are either setting the scene, info dumping or setting up a false protagonist (who often dies). Start with some tension with your mc.
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Re: Elmore Leonard's 10 rules of writing
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2015, 08:39:52 AM »
The problem is that agents generally don't, because most debut authors don't do them well, so I would always avoid a prologue. Most are either setting the scene, info dumping or setting up a false protagonist (who often dies). Start with some tension with your mc.

Agreed on the agents not liking prologues.