Be Aware Of The Rhythm In Your Dialogue

I’m very much aware in the writing of dialogue, or even in the narrative too, of a rhythm. There has to be a rhythm with it … Interviewers have said, you like jazz, don’t you? Because we can hear it in your writing. And I thought that was a compliment.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Elmore Leonard Quotes (Author of Get Shorty). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/12940.Elmore_Leonard [Accessed 11 Oct. 2019].
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Focus On Characters As Individuals With Attitudes

I focus on characters as individuals with attitudes and write each scene from a particular character’s point of view. That way, even narrative passages take on the character’s sound. I don’t want the reader to be aware of me, writing.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Elmore Leonard Quotes (Author of Get Shorty). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/12940.Elmore_Leonard [Accessed 11 Oct. 2019].

Tell The Point Of View Of The Antagonist

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.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Elmore Leonard Quotes (Author of Get Shorty). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/12940.Elmore_Leonard [Accessed 11 Oct. 2019].

A Writer Has To Read

A writer has to read. Read all the time. Decide who you like then study that author’s style. Take the author’s book or story and break it down to see how he put it together.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Elmore Leonard Quotes (Author of Get Shorty). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/12940.Elmore_Leonard [Accessed 11 Oct. 2019].