Re: RARA-AVIS: RE: Elmore Leonard's rules

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 21 Jul 2001

Dick wrote:

"I've heard Elmore Leonard talk about his rules before, but, because rules have never helped creativity and because his own work seems remarkably free of them, . . ."

Free of rules or creativity?

"Even worse, his rules contain bad advice. The weather thing is plain silly. Writers begin their books or stories the way they want to. Sometimes they begin with the weather. Someone already mentioned "Red Wind," but you can also check out James Lee Burke, Ross Macdonald, and a dozen others. Try writing a book based in Chicago in the winter or New Orleans in the summer without addressing the weather up front."

And it's practically required in the fast growing genre of Florida noir.


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