Some of the many adaptations of his writing are highlighted in this post. He published 45 novels, wrote four original screenplays, and a produced hundreds of short stories and essays throughout his long career.
His father worked as an executive for General Motors Corporation, and from toLeonard, his parents and older sister, Margaret, moved several times to Dallas, Oklahoma City and Memphis before finally settling in Detroit in In the fifth grade, inLeonard showed the first sign of wanting to write fiction.
He wrote a play inspired by the book, All Quiet on the Western Front, recently serialized in a Detroit newspaper; though it was the film version he recalls more vividly. Throughout grade school and high school Leonard spent much of his free time playing baseball and football, giving little thought to writing other than for schoolwork.
Inat the age of 17, Leonard graduated from The University of Detroit High School, and tried to join the Marines, but was rejected because of poor vision.
He was subsequently drafted and assigned to the Seabees, the fighting construction battalion of the United States Navy. He served for a little more than a year and a half in the Admiralty Islands and the Philippines before returning home in January of He was assigned to a ship for six and a half months and was discharged from the Navy in June of that year.
Leonard enrolled in the University of Detroit and majored in English and Philosophy. Upon graduation, Leonard planned to work for him, but his father died of a heart attack six months after the move to New Mexico, ending any thoughts he might have had of selling automobiles.
He married Beverly Cline in and went to work for the Campbell Ewald advertising agency. He chose westerns because he liked western movies and wanted to sell to Hollywood. He wrote five western novels and thirty short stories in the s, two of which sold to the movies: InLeonard quit his job at the ad agency to write full time.
The western fiction market had dried up because of a plethora of westerns on television and he wanted to write contemporary stories.
But the demands of a growing family required him to take freelance advertising jobs instead. After five years away from writing fiction, Leonard finished his first non-Western novel, The Big Bounce, buoyed by the sale of film rights to his novel Hombre.
His Hollywood agent, the legendary H. Leonard began selling his work to Hollywood on a regular basis. When his next novel, The Moonshine War sold, he wrote the screenplay. Screenwriting would give him the income to pursue his real goal: Two more successful film adaptations followed: Inat the age of 80, he wrote his fortieth novel, The Hot Kid, featuring his iconic marshal, Carl Webster, receiving some of the best reviews of his long career.
He also went full circle, as the book was set in the Detroit of his youth. Still a master of his craft, Elmore received some of the best reviews of his career for his 43rd novel, Road Dogs— a sequel of sorts to Out of Sight.Elmore Leonard's rules for writers Next month, the doyen of hardboiled crime writers is publishing a new book, 10 Rules of Writing.
The following is a brief summary of his advice. Elmore Leonard's "10 Rules for Writing" are similar to those that another of my writer heroes, Robert B.
Parker, would have offered. They allow you to get to the point, never use 10 words when two will do, and get out of the way of the story. Elmore Leonard's "10 Rules for Writing" are similar to those that another of my writer heroes, Robert B. Parker, would have offered. They allow you to get to the point, never use 10 words when two will do, and get out of the way of the story.
Elmore Leonard — author of Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Rum Punch — died today.. What was it about his suspense thrillers that made them both popular AND critically acclaimed? Maybe his own writing rules will provide the answer. Inspire by Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing, we asked authors for their personal dos and don'ts Ten rules for writing fiction 10 Prayer might work.
Or reading something else. Or a. Some of Leonard's suggestions appeared in a New York Times article that became the basis of his book, Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing. Here are those rules in outline form: Here are those rules in outline form.