Don’t let the blog headline fool you, Elmore Leonard writes all the time. He just doesn’t write anything “people tend to skip.” The result as been a career of tight, lively, fast-paced novels that have entertained for decades.
Elmore Leonard is a master worth studying.
And even his lessons are brief.
Every writer should take the hour or so necessary to read this great, fun, and incredibly useful guide to writing better.
Then, if you are really serious about learning from the master, read a couple of his books. They move like an Olympian’s pulse.
I keep his Road Dogs in my sight lines as I am writing just to keep me honest. Alas, I’ve got lots more editing to do before I can even approach the power of Butch. Maybe that’s a good thing; we all need to find our own voice. But surrounding ourselves with the work of authors we admire can serve as subtle reminders of what we aspire to achieve.
And Elmore Leonard’s book make damn fine company any day of the week, whether you want to read or learn.