This post is another in a series based upon Elmore Leonard’s advice to refrain from writing the parts that readers tend to skip. In previous posts, I talked about excessive and/or unnecessary description, pointless transitions and bathroom breaks, and dialogue. Initially, I couldn’t believe that some readers skipped dialogue, but it seems to be true. […]Read more "The Parts Readers Skip: Unnecessary Scenes & Info Dumps"
The late Elmore Leonard advised writers to avoid writing the parts that readers tend to skip. This is the third part in my series of posts about this subject. In case you missed my other posts, they focused on “Too Much Description” and “Transitions.” While conducting background for a third post, I discovered that some […]Read more "The Parts Readers Skip: Dialogue"
The late Elmore Leonard suggested writers should leave out the parts that readers tend to skip. Great advice. But, the question remains, “What do readers tend to skip?” As with most things, this varies by reader. In my previous post on this topic, I discussed readers’ tendency to skip overblown descriptive passages. These tend to be […]Read more "The Parts Readers Skip: Transitions & Bathroom Breaks"
The late Elmore Leonard suggested writers should leave out the parts that readers tend to skip. You could do worse than trying to model yourself after Leonard, who knew a few things about writing. My initial response to this advice, however, was to bristle and say, “Well, I don’t ever skip anything.” You see, I’ve […]Read more "The Parts Readers Skip: Too Much Description"
I try to spend as much time being smug, arrogant and self-congratulatory as I do being self-loathing, self-deprecating and self-effacing. Balance is key: the most important lesson learned from Mr. Miyagi. This post was inspired by that of another blogger, whose stuff I read here all the time. This person picked their ten favorite posts […]Read more "10-List: Firewater’s Favorite Posts 2020"
Okay. Maybe the word “essential” is overused. But, this is a more efficient title than “Firewater’s Personal Recommendations of Books for Writers, Limited to 10 of His Nonfictional Favorites.” As with any list of things, your personal mileage may vary. Although I haven’t read every book about writing or every reference book ever published, I […]Read more "10-List: Essential Books for Writers"