Cool Blogs I Follow

I follow a couple of blogs regularly. One, The Pro Writer’s Toolbox is chock full of writing inspiration, how-to tips. The current discussion is about the pros and cons of e-publishing vs. traditional publishing. The Blevinses engage in active commentary with their readers.

The second blog I follow with a passion is The Writer’s Forensics Blog. This blog has lots of comments and tips from D. P. Lyle, MD. I met him in New York City at ThrillerFest last summer. He’s very knowledgeable about forensics. This is also a living blog with commentary and feedback.

Check them out! And share with us what blogs you follow!

Write on!

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Read Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Good Writing By Gilbert Cruz on

In 2001, author Elmore Leonard, who died this morning at the age of 87, wrote a piece for the New York Times in which he laid out, very simply, his ten rules for good writing. You can read the entire piece, with explanations, over at the Times‘ site, but here are the basic precepts. Print them out. Stick them above your desk. Use them wisely.

  1.  Never open a book with weather.
  2.  Avoid prologues.
  3.  Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue.
  4.  Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said” … he admonished gravely.
  5.  Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.
  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 part that readers tend to skip.
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