In an article for the New York Times, Elmore Leonard -- who passed away on Tuesday at age 87 -- explained his 10 fundamental rules for writing.

Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing

In an article for the New York Times, Elmore Leonard -- who passed away on Tuesday at age 87 -- explained his 10 fundamental rules for writing.

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Elmore Leonard: 17 Rules for Writers

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“I'm very much aware in the writing of dialogue, or even in the narrative too, of a rhythm. There has to be a rhythm with it … Interviewers have said, you like jazz, don’t you? Because we can hear it in your writing. And I thought that was a compliment.” -Elmore Leonard

“I'm very much aware in the writing of dialogue, or even in the narrative too, of a rhythm. There has to be a rhythm with it … Interviewers have said, you like jazz, don’t you? Because we can hear it in your writing. And I thought that was a compliment.” -Elmore Leonard

Raylan Elmore Leonard

Raylan Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard's 10 rules for writing. I love his work. He's the best as far as dialogue goes, so I will at least try to follow his rules about that.

Elmore Leonard's 10 rules for writing. I love his work. He's the best as far as dialogue goes, so I will at least try to follow his rules about that.

Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing (h/t @Maria Popova) Thought of @Wendy :) and @Laurel Holman when I saw these.

Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing

Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing (h/t @Maria Popova) Thought of @Wendy :) and @Laurel Holman when I saw these.

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