• If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it

    Elmore Leonard
  • My most important piece of advice to all you would-be writers: When you write, try to leave out all the parts readers skip

    Elmore Leonard
  • Psychopaths... people who know the differences between right and wrong, but don't give a shit. That's what most of my characters are like

    Elmore Leonard
  • I can't allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative

    Elmore Leonard
  • But he could never be a made guy himself because of his tainted blood, some Sunset Park Puerto Rican on his father's side, even though he was raised Italian. Chili didn't care to be made anyway, get into all that bullshit having to do with respect. It was bad enough having to treat these guys like they were your heroes, smile when they made some stupid remark they thought was funny

    Elmore Leonard
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