Comic Industry Reacts To The Passing Of Elmore Leonard

Elmore LeonardLegendary crime novelist Elmore Leonard passed away on Tuesday at the age of 87. Leonard produced almost 50 novels and short stories along with 9 screenplays. A great number of his works were adapted into films such as Mr. Majestyk, Out Of Sight, 52-Pick Up, Get Shorty and 3:10 To Yuma (twice). Many creators have gone to twitter to post their condolences. Chuck Palahniuk linked to Leonard's Writer's On Writing article that ran in the New York Times back in 2001.

These were his basic 10 rules:

  1.  Never open a book with weather.

  2.  Avoid prologues.

  3.  Never use a verb other than "said" to carry dialogue.

  4.  Never use an adverb to modify the verb "said"…he admonished gravely.

  5.  Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.

  6.  Never use the words "suddenly" or "all hell broke loose."

  7.  Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.

  8.  Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.

  9.  Don't go into great detail describing places and things.

  10.  Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

 My most important rule is one that sums up the 10.  If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.

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About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.