Elmore Leonard Quotes

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If an adverb became a character in one of my books, I'd have it shot. Immediately.
— Elmore Leonard

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I don't believe in writer's block or waiting for inspiration. If you're a writer, you sit down and write.

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Never use a verb other than said to carry dialogue. The line of dialogue belongs to the character; the verb is the writer sticking his nose in. But said is far less intrusive than grumbled, gasped, cautioned, lied.  I once noticed Mary McCarthy ending a line of dialogue with "she asseverated," and had to stop reading to get the dictionary.

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