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 last time I read one of the late Elmore Leonard’s novels was around this time last year. The book was Hombre, a western. I’ve read a few of the author’s westerns, and I’ve enjoyed all of them. Of course, I’m a fan of the western genre and will occasionally read a novel about gunslingers […]Read more "Touch, by Elmore Leonard — a book review"
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"
This is more than merely a book review. I own one other novel written by George V. Higgins. It was his last, as it turns out. At End of the Day (which I guess was a prophetic title, now that I think about it) was published in the year 2000. Higgins died in November 1999, […]Read more "The Friends of Eddie Coyle, by George V. Higgins — a book review"
I am an Elmore Leonard fan. You are, too. Probably. He passed away in 2013 from complications due to a stroke, at age 87. A good, long life. During his time, he was responsible for the books (and movies) Get Shorty, Mr. Majestyk, and Out of Sight, among many, many others. His writing was visual, […]Read more "Hombre, by Elmore Leonard — a review"