To Be Rereadable

I won’t claim to have been an Elmore Leonard fan, because I never read any of his books (I did watch the first season of “Justified,” which comes from one of his short novels).

But after listening to a fascinating report on his life and death, done by NPR, I’m sort of dying to try one of his stories.

And it’s all because he was, as described by someone in the piece, not just readable…

…but REreadable.

That’s what I think all writers — bloggers, screenwriters, television producers — strive to be. So good, so insightful and so provocative that people come back again and again.

Books and shows that fall into that category for me include:

  • Friends
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Law & Order: SVU
  • anything by Nora Roberts
  • anything by Dan Brown
  • The Hunger Games Trilogy

There’s no one thing that hooks me — I like comedy and drama, I like fiction and non-fiction and I like all kinds of protagonists.

Before he died,  USA Today published Leonard’s “10 Rules of Writing” and one of them stands out to me now. It’s the thing that I think we bloggers need to keep in mind as we all try to be better tomorrow than today (and remember, I used to post some really dumb, boring stuff and I’m still evolving, so I’m not trying to throw stones from my glass house):

Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

Be readable. Be REreadable. Write things that people pin and bookmark and share and LEARN from (or just plain enjoy). Stand out. Challenge yourself. Take a stand and let your haters be your motivators. Make a difference. Make someone happy.

 

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    says

    I love this! I feel like I share a lot of personal stuff on my blog (off topic), but then again those are the posts that usually get the hits. I need to keep some of your tips in mind about leaving out what people might skim. Great post, Katy! :)

  2. 4

    says

    Like button. The hardest part of writing, for me, is editing out arguably my favorite passages, because I know they’re not adding anything relevant or noteworthy, or are too rambly. Sometimes writer me wins this battle and the passages stay in, and sometimes editor me wins this battle and I wince as I hit delete. Such a “can’t take your own advice” cliche, but I feel editor me becomes stronger as writer me grows.

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