Elmore Leonard Talks Characters, Writing Process

Posted on March 28, 2010

Time asked author Elmore Leonard ten questions. One of them was about writing advice for young writers. Elmore said, "I would say just start writing. You've got to write every day. Copy someone that you like if you think that perhaps could become your sound too. I did that with Hemingway, and I thought I was writing just like Hemingway. Then all of a sudden it occurred to me, he didn't have a sense of humor. I don't know anything he's written that's funny."

Elmote Leonard also says he first writes by hand and then types his work on an electric typewriter. He does not have a computer. Elmore Leonard also thinks writers who refuse to let their books be adapted into films are crazy. He also talked about characters and point of view. Take a look:

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