Re: RARA-AVIS: tricks

From: Timothy S. Oliver (
Date: 08 Feb 2000

I heard an interview with Elmore Leaonard once where he discussed writing dialogue. He said ne tries never to use adverbs to describe how someone says something. He believes the words themselves should convey the feeling behind them. Now I use this as a barometer to assess writing craft. It's pretty accurate.

I always marvel at writers who can do this. I sure can't.

Tim Oliver

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