So, I posted an article last July during the 2011 Tour de France. And now that I’ve returned from my travels to Turkey and Greece (and have my 47-inch HDTV and TiVo locked in to record every stage of this year’s Tour), I thought I’d repost.
So, I figure you either know that word or you don’t.
If you do, then you probably won’t need to read any further because I’ll bet you’re already familiar with the fellow sitting over there to the left. That’s author Elmore Leonard, he of the four dozen mega-popular crime and suspense novels, many of which have been adapted into equally mega-popular movies. Books like Get Shorty and Mr. Majestyk and Out of Sight. And he’s screenwritten and collaborated on and executive produced a ton of screenplays for the big and small screens. Such as the awesome series Justified on FX right now.
Well, the reason I bring him up is that I was cleaning out some files over the weekend and came across an article he wrote detailing his 10 Rules of Writing. It’s actually titled, WRITERS ON WRITING; Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle.
Ah, see, now you get it. The whole hooptedoodle thing. Well, if you don’t yet, you will. Just click on Mr. Leonard’s photo there and you’ll be whisked away to the New York Times and the original article. Writers: you’ll find sage wisdom there, from a pro among pros. Non-writers: it’s still a great article. And you never know . . .
First off, I’m not a biker. My tender ass doesn’t mesh well with the cushion-less saddles and my aging physique swathed in multi-colored LYCRA would only lead to much chuckling. No, I write suspense thrillers. And that’s exactly why the Tour de France is
some of the best television I’ll ever experience.
J’adore Le Tour de France. And so will you. Here’s why: