The Dickens of Detroit (Elmore Leonard)

R.I.P. Elmore Leonard

Screenwriting from Iowa

Since for the last few days I’ve been kicking around Michigan on this blog I thought I’d pull a quote from Detroit writer Elmore Leonard (Get Shorty, 3:10 to Yuma). In the above video Leonard talks about how he usually starts writing based on characters. (As opposed to Stephen King who usually starts with a situation, or Rod Serling who said he started with theme.)

“Who’s good in this [story] and who’s bad ? That’s the fun of it. Just figure out what’s going to happen. But I do it as I’m writing, so that I don’t stop and try to outline a whole book because that’s a waste of time. Because you’re going to get better ideas much later on…I don’t ever know all the way through what’s going to happen.”
Elmore Leonard

Leonard’s not a great role model if you’re looking for excuses not to write…

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