WRITERS ON WRITING; Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle/NYT


We’re thinking about Elmore Leonard this week. You may say what you will about the nature of his stories, but his characters were captivating, his writing as near impeccable as can be.







The link below takes you to a few writerly teasers by Leonard, some of the most basic but most significant advice on writing that you’ll find. In fact, these are the primary points you’ll come across in writing programs, the better critique classes, and advice from writing mentors. It’s not by accident that Leonard cites both Hemingway and Steinbeck in these writing points – they clearly influenced him, as they have me.



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2 thoughts on “WRITERS ON WRITING; Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle/NYT

  1. this is one of the best pieces i have seen, ever, re: HOW TO WRITE.
    mr. leonard was in a class all by himself, especially with dialogue.
    for those of you who don’t read “crime” novels, or “westerns”, read them anyway: Glitz, Hombre, Swag, Valdez Is Coming. you will learn a lot about the craft of writing.
    thank you, bob, for posting this.

  2. http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/16/arts/writers-writing-easy-adverbs-exclamation-points-especially-hooptedoodle.html
    this is the full article that Mr. Leonard wrote for the NY Times series, Writers On Writing, in 2002.

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