Elmore Leonard, a former adman who later became one of America’s foremost crime writers, died on the 20th of August 2013. He was 87. His researcher, Gregg Sutter, said Leonard died from complications from a stroke he suffered a few weeks ago. Leonard won an honorary National Book Award in 2012. His more than 40 novels were populated by pathetic schemers, clever con men and casual killers. Many of the novels – notably “Out of Sight,” ”Get Shorty” and “Be Cool” – were made into films. Critics adored his simple, direct language.
Elmore laid out his 10 rules for writing in a 2001 essay in the New York Times. He said they helped him “remain invisible when I’m writing a book” and summed up his approach by saying, “If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.” While acknowledging there were exceptions, these are the guidelines Leonard worked under: