The Elmore Leonard Home Page


The Official
Elmore Leonard Website

Archives

Novels

The Bounty Hunters
The Law at Randado
Escape from Five Shadows
Last Stand at Saber River
Hombre
The Big Bounce
The Moonshine War
Valdez is Coming
Forty Lashes Less One
Mr. Majestyk
Fifty-Two Pickup
Swag
Unknown Man No. 89
The Hunted
The Switch
Gunsights
City Primeval
Gold Coast
Split Images
Cat Chaser
Stick
Labrava
Glitz
Bandits
Touch
Freaky Deaky
Killshot
Get Shorty
Maximum Bob
Rum Punch
Pronto
Riding the Rap
Out of Sight
Cuba Libre
Be Cool
Pagan Babies
Tishomingo Blues
Mr. Paradise
A Coyote’s in the House
The Hot Kid
Comfort to the Enemy
Up in Honey’s Room
Road Dogs
Djibouti
Raylan

Stories

The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard
The Tonto Woman and Other Western Stories
When the Women Come Out to Dance
Trail of the Apache
Apache Medicine
You Never See Apaches…
Red Hell Hits Canyon Diablo
The Colonel’s Lady
Law of the Hunted One
Cavalry Boots
Under the Friar’s Ledge
The Rustlers
Three Ten to Yuma
The Big Hunt
Long Night
The Boy Who Smiled
The Hard Way
The Last Shot
Blood Money
Trouble at Rindo’s Station
Saint with a Six-Gun
The Captives
No Man’s Guns
The Rancher’s Lady
Jugged
Moment of Vengeance
Man with the Iron Arm
The Longest Day of his Life
The Nagual
The Kid
The Treasure of Mungo’s Landing
The Bull Ring at Blisston
Only Good Ones
The Tonto Woman
Hurrah for Captain Early
Karen Makes Out
The Odyssey
Sparks
Hanging Out at the Buena Vista
Fire in the Hole
Chickasaw Charlie Hoke
When the Women Come Out to Dance
Tenkiller
Showdown at Checotah
Louly and Pretty Boy
Chick Killer (2011)
Ice Man

Film and TV

Moment of Vengeance
3:10 to Yuma
The Tall T
Hombre
The Big Bounce (I)
The Moonshine War
Valdez is Coming
Joe Kidd
Mr. Majestyk
High Noon, Part II
Stick
52 Pickup
Desperado
The Rosary Murders
Glitz (TV)
Cat Chaser
Border Shootout
Split Images
Get Shorty
Last Stand at Saber River
Pronto
Touch
Elmore Leonard’s Gold Coast (TV)
Jackie Brown
Maximum Bob
Out of Sight
Karen Sisco
The Big Bounce (II)
Be Cool (2005)
The Ambassador
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
Killshot (2009)
Freaky Deaky
The Tonto Woman
Sparks
Justified
Life of Crime

Audio: Elmore Interview about “Rules”

image

The Christian Science Monitor

Monitor Book Editor Kendra Nordin talks with author Elmore Leonard about his new book, ‘10 Rules of Writing’.  Listen here.

 


ELMORE LEONARD’S 10 RULES OF GOOD WRITING
Leave out adverbs, skip description, and keep the writer out of sight.

By Elizabeth A. Brown

When my teenage son picked up Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Good Writing, it fell open to Rule 3: “Never use a verb other than ‘said’ to carry dialogue.”

“I wish my teachers could read this,” my son said. “They tell us not to use ‘said.’ They think other words make us sound better, like we have a bigger vocabulary.”

Which is precisely Elmore Leonard’s point: Good writing is not about the writer (and the way he sounds or the size of her vocabulary), but about the story.

The writer must remain invisible.

Read the rest.

 

 

****

image


Recent Posts

Elmore is Buried Today on His Birthday

Elmore Leonard Forever

Elmore Leonard Podcasts

The Enduring Appeal Of Elmore Leonard and Deputy US Marshal Raylan Givens

The Gregg Sutter Blog

Japanese FU-GO Balloon Bombs in Michigan

The Pontiac Story of Progress & Promise

Tom Morwatts on Growing Up in Detroit

Detroit Punks: Mitch Ryder

Amazon 2015 Pilots Now Online – Including Point of Honor

Even Bank Robbers Decide What Tie To Wear: The Essence Of Elmore Leonard

On Twitter

Una commedia americana: Balzac...intended to compose a mosaic of...French society of his time, illustrating...even… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Una commedia americana (An American Comedy) by Giulio Segato mimesisedizioni.it/una-commedia-a… pic.twitter.com/jl0oeqnGMd
Why is Elmore not smiling in this photo? Find out on the Elmore Leonard in Hollywood Tour - THIS SATURDAY. Still… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
It was a great gig. Everybody was there. CELEBRATE! The Elmore Leonard Bus Tour Only five tickets left. It’s go… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Still a few tickets left. Hurry or you’ll have to ride on top! Get on the Bus! The Elmore Leonard in Hollywood… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Elmore and Felicia Farr in 1957. She was in Detroit on a press tour for 3:10 to Yuma. Get on the Bus! The Elmore… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Esotouric Tour’s Richard Schave's interview with Gregg Sutter about Elmore Leonard and The Elmore Leonard in Hollyw… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Find out why Elmore disowned this film, supposedly based on Fifty Two Pickup. esotouric.com/elmore-leonard/ pic.twitter.com/X20f9JLLUF
All of Elmore’s Film and TV DVD and VHS covers. Hear stories about most of them on the Elmore Leonard in Hollywood… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
A little context clue about the The Big Bounce, which Elmore described as “The worst movie ever made.” Endings… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
‘Good Talk with Anthony Jeselnik’ Renewed for Season 2 at Comedy Central wp.me/p2WgDE-1jrtQY
Peabody Awards Add Six New Members to Board of Directors wp.me/p2WgDE-1jrtRM
Quibi Orders Gaming Thriller ‘Curs_r’ From Anton, Stigma, Ridley Scott wp.me/p2WgDE-1jrtRh
TV Ratings: 'The Masked Singer' Chopped Down to Series Low wp.me/p2WgDE-1jrtRi
Martin Scorsese’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Set for Italy Release Via RAI Cinema wp.me/p2WgDE-1jrtOf
Vice News Hires Susie Banikarim to Head Newsgathering Operations (EXCLUSIVE) wp.me/p2WgDE-1jrtBu
Universal Music Poaches BBC’s Alice Webb to Run Eagle Rock wp.me/p2WgDE-1jrtQA
Kevin Bacon, Jesse Eisenberg and Justina Machado are joining the #LiveInFrontOfAStudioAudience cast wp.me/p2WgDE-1jrtPZ

7