Advice to Writers

JustifiedIf you’re a fan of the FX series Justified, you might like Elmore Leonard’s Rules for Writers. It’s subtitled, “Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle” and contains some great advice for anyone working on the next great American novel.

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