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Video Saturday (Repeat) – Elmore Leonard’s Advice to Writers

As many of you may be aware, Elmore Leonard passed away this last week.  There have been a ton of folks posting tributes and notes and tips that he gave on writing.  And we’re going to do the same.

Unleaded posted a Video Saturday about a year and a half ago of the American screenwriter and king of the hard-boiled novel.  It’s a great video that really lets you see his love of dialogue and voices and gives you a hint of how he brought his characters to life.  Definitely worth a repost.

So let’s raise a glass and toast Mr. Leonard!  Safe journey.

 

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Video Saturday – Elmore Leonard’s Advice to Writers

Elmore Leonard, is an American novelist and screenwriter, and as he’s called in the video – perhaps the king of the hard-boiled novel. But even though he specialized in crime fiction and suspense, his earliest novels were westerns.  I’ve to say, I’m more familiar with the movies that have been made out of his writing.  That’d be works like Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Hombre, Mr. Majestyk and Rum Punch, which was filmed as Jackie Brown. His short stories have also been made into films –  3:10 to Yuma and The Tall T, as well as the current TV series on FX, Justified.  Pretty awesome, yes? And I LOVE how he talks about the rhythm of dialogue and voices and how that gives a “sound” to your writing.


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