Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Wednesday Wisdom for Writers and Those Who Love Them

"I try to leave out the parts that people skip." —Elmore Leonard

I recently read a book that has received a lot of attention. While I love words and enjoy squeezing every one of them for full impact, I found myself skimming paragraphs. Finally, a little more than half-way through, I skipped to the end.

Have you ever done that?

It's all better with friends.


  1. Answer: yep
    My father was a big Elmore Leonard fan. He would have loved this quote. I'm currently trying to read the autobiography of a musician I admire. As wonderful as his songwriting is, his prose is turgid. I keep putting it down after a chapter or two. Do you have books you think you ought to like, but can't finish?

  2. Many. Unfortunately for me, by bestselling authors. Until someone else confirms my impression I often feel as if I'm hopelessly out of touch or simply stupid.