Hooptedoodling With E.

This morning, the love of my life pointed me in the direction of this sage advice, “Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle,” AKA “Elmore Leonard’s Ten Rules of Writing.” Originally published in The New York Times back in 2001 as part of their “Writers on Writing” series, Leonard’s dos and don’ts, in little more than a thousand words, say more about the craft of writing than all of the writing how-to books clogging the shelves at Barnes & Noble combined.      
Simply click on the above photo, which will take you to his website, then print the man’s words. Tape them on the wall by your computer (or, if you’re a Luddite, your typewriter) as a constant reminder of how much we ourselves complicate this thing called writing. If you’ve got a laptop — or you don’t have a wall — tape them to your computer (on the lid, not the sceen). Jeez, do I have to explain everything? (I don’t know. Do you?) Apparently.>

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