For Labor Day Weekend: One Piece of Advice from Elmore Leonard

Happy Labor Day Weekend to Everyone!!!

Here’s hoping each of you have a blessed Labor Day weekend and can even get a little writing going at the same time.

To help you prepare for our meeting on Saturday, September 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., I thought I’d share a writing prompt you might would like to try.

Write as much as you can on the following prompt from the October issue of “The Writer” journal (perfect for setting the mood for the fall):

A character enters a cemetery, but not to visit a grave or to attend a funeral. Why is the character there? Who or what does the character encounter? Create an unconventional graveyard scene with a surprising outcome. Describe the cemetery sights and develop atmosphere through sound and weather.

So, have fun with this. Write each day between now and Saturday, Sept 6. Let’s see how much you are able to do.

And, for a little writing inspiration, here is a quote from Elmore Leonard (mystery and thriller novelist) that I love:

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

Take care and Write On!


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