I write to keep me sane. I write so that my words may outlive my life. I write to find redemption

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Elmore Leonard Knows Best

I found a quote today that embodies my writing philosophy.

"I try to leave out the parts that people skip." --Elmore Leonard

Mr. Leonard is one of the writers I love to read and any advice coming out of his mouth carries great weight with me, but this particular piece of advice is the credo I write by.

I don't spend time in my writing describing every lamp in a room, or every speck of gray hair in someone's head. I jump into the story and let my reader's imagination do what God intended for it to do: fill in the blanks.


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