The Gypsy Muse – Author Rachel Kenley

June 29, 2011

Wednesday Wanderings – Facebook

Filed under: Wednesday Wanderings — authorrachelkenley @ 8:47 pm
Tags: , , , , ,

Okay… it’s not really wandering, but in a way it is.  I do get lost on the pages of Facebook and the internet, especially on weeks when I have few plans or occasions to be out and about.  Recently a friend of mine found this list on Facebook and I was wondering…

What do we, as writers, think of these rules?  I do like #10:

 Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing:
1.) Never open a book with the weather.
2.) Avoid prologs.
3.) Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialog.
4.) Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said”
5.) Keep your exclamation points under control.
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 parts the readers tend to skip.

No opening with the weather?  Poor Snoopy. Guess he’s going to need to do some editing.



  1. I do like No. 5. I cringe each time I receive the marketing memo from the Home Office…loaded with !!! She gets so excited about popcorn sales, but it makes me kind of drift away.

    It’s good to have rules. It keeps you aware…makes you note the thirteenth time you’ve used “she turned” in a chapter. But I think the best rule for writing is “Never say you never will.” Because…you will! And for some reason, those few words at that instant work.

    Comment by S.D. Grady — June 30, 2011 @ 12:13 am | Reply

  2. First of all, my daughter and I quote that Snoopy song (you do know which one I mean, right) to each other all the time. Secondly, this seems like a pretty good list. Though, as with all rules, sometimes these need to be broken. You probably can’t go too far wrong following these rules.

    Comment by Christine Marciniak — June 30, 2011 @ 2:30 am | Reply

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at

%d bloggers like this: