The Gypsy Muse – Author Rachel Kenley

June 29, 2011

Wednesday Wanderings – Facebook

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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.


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