Sunday, May 11, 2014
Elmore Leonard on Words and Writing
"I don't write seriously. I always write having fun."
"[My style is] simple, declarative sentences telling a story ... I think."
"I write three pages to get one. I revise continually as I go."
"I don't want to appear smart. I want to tell a story."
On dialog: "Don't you hear people talking in your head? That's all it is. Use it."
"I never introduce or inject myself into the story. I'm nowhere to be found. I never use a word my characters wouldn't use."
"I don't like to write about weather."
"Verbs other than 'said' call attention to themselves. You're mucking it up with your 'ly' words."
"When I get to the last page, it is done."
"After 45 books I'm excited about the next one."