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Tips on writing I find useful

Some interesting quotes on writing from three masters of the craft

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  • Don’t go into great detail describing places or things. – Elmore Leonard
  • Every sentence must do one of two things – reveal character or advance the action. – Kurt Vonnegut
  • Your story will always be stronger if you just show the physical actions and details of your characters and allow your reader to do the thinking and knowing. – Chuck Palahniuk
  • Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. – Kurt Vonnegut
  • If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. – Elmore Leonard

Of course, all rules are meant to be broken – but you need to know the rules before you go ahead and break them.

(Including that rule!)


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