Elmore Leonard wrote 45 novels and innumerable short stories
They feature some of the clearest, most propulsive and memorable writing of the 2nd half of the 20th century & beyond
Leonard achieved this by ‘remaining invisible’ on the page.
Here’s the 10 rules he used...
1\ Never open a book with weather.
2\ Avoid prologues.
3\ Never use a verb other than ”said” to carry dialogue.
4\ Never use an adverb to modify the verb ”said.”
5\ Keep your exclamation points under control.
6\ Never use the words ”suddenly” or ”all hell broke loose.”
Writing Myths #3 Writing Portfolios are the magic way into the industry!!
Get a portfolio said the writing panel/advice/speaker in what is the latest throwaway simple advice that instantly builds a career…. So, let’s talk about them.
1)Portfolios are NOT magic. Simply having one doesn't get you a job. Tey are a tool to be used in chasing work and an increasing number of employers ask for them. Having one can be very useful, but just putting some bits of writing in the same place does not = instant career.
2) People tend to read your email first, then your c.v. and then portfolio. Mess up stages 1, or 2 and 3 may well not matter. Always rework your email, c.v. and portfolio for EVERY application. Focus on what matches that job/company.