In a previous post, we shared our favorite quotes from author Stephen King. In this one, we share a few of our favorites from Elmore Leonard. Writers tend to look for permission to write the way they want and luckily we found it in Mr. Leonard. If you are reading our series, you will see why his words were meaningful to us.
And if you are a writer too, maybe these will inspire you as well.
“Never open a book with weather. There are exceptions. If you happen to be Barry Lopez, who has more ways to describe ice and snow than an Eskimo, you can do all the weather reporting you want.”
“The main thing I set out to do is tell the point of view of the antagonist as much as the good guy. And that’s the big difference between the way I write and the way most mysteries are written.”
“I try to leave out the parts readers skip.”
“The bad guys are the fun guys. The only people I have trouble with are the so-called normal types. Their language isn’t very colorful, and they don’t talk with any certain sound.”
“I never see my bad guys as simply bad. They want pretty much the same thing that you and I want: they want to be happy.”
“I just love to make up characters and gradually build a story around them.”
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