Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Muse Reviews: Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing

Elmore Leonards 10 Rules of Writing Limited EditionElmore Leonards 10 Rules of Writing Limited Edition by Elmore Leonard

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Really William Morrow? You take a one page article from Elmore Leonard and stretch it, and I really mean S—T—R—E—T—C—H it into an 89 page book. Even so less than half of these pages have text on them, and on the pages that do have text on them might consist of a sentence or maybe a short paragraph illustrating one of the 10 rules. At a $14.95 cover price I can’t recommend this for any writer. It is obviously intended to be a gift book for writers (and probably then only writers who are huge Elmore Leonard fans).  The thick, smooth card-stock pages with whimsical cartoons scattered throughout it can only be appreciated by those people struggling to find a last minute gift idea for a writer friend, not a serious writer looking for some good writing advice from one of popular crime fiction’s masters.

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