October 11, 1925 – August 20, 2013
Elmore Leonard said something years ago that stuck with me: When something sounds like writing, I rewrite it.
I think that’s great advice for all of us–no matter what we write.
You can find a number of articles talking about Mr. Leonard and his writing during this time, or you can visit his website. Since I never met him, there’s nothing I can add except this:
Awhile back, I entered a mystery writing contest and asked for a critique. One of my judges wrote the following, and it’s the best compliment I’ve ever received on my writing.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Leonard.
We’ll miss you.
And you won’t be forgotten.