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5 Rules of Writing from 10 Authors

Elmore Leonard
Never open a book with weather.
Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue.
Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said.”
Never use the words “suddenly” or “all hell broke loose.”
Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.
Stephen King
While to write adverbs is human, to write ‘he said’ or ‘she said’ is divine.
Language does not always have to wear a tie and lace-up shoes. The object of fiction isn’t grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story.
You have to read widely, constantly refining (and redefining) your own work as you do so. If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.
There should be no telephone in your writing room, certainly no TV or videogames for you to fool around with. If there’s a window, draw the curtains or pull down the shades unless it looks out at a blank wall.
Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, i…