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John Steinbeck
“It has always seemed strange to me...The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.”
John Steinbeck, Cannery Row

Mark Bouton
“Attitude – creased forehead, grimaces, clenched fists, arms crossed, hands stuffed into pockets
Legs – bouncing, swinging, crossing, pointing, tucking Incongruity – gives quick or partial shrug, smiles when saying something serious, exaggerates reactions Eyes– no contact, blinking, darting, glancing away, closing, shifting, aversion, “mercy stare” *Remember to value and honor your close personal connections and family ties. Use the above techniques to inform yourself and to protect your health, money, and above all, your important relationships.”
Mark Bouton, How to Spot Lies Like the FBI

Mark Bouton
“LIES *Watch for clusters or groups of behaviors. Touching – mouth, nose, neck, eyes, ears, objects
Omission – words, ideas, answers, clarifying statements Speech – stuttering, mumbling, pausing, scrambling phrases, slurring words, bad syntax, higher-pitched voice Posture – stiff, leaning away, stonewalling, turning sideways, shoulder roll, head jerks or shifts Obfuscation – fake smile, ill-timed gestures, words unlike emotions, no use of contractions Tells – mimicking, bridging, modifying, blocking, displacing, stalling, blocking, denial, inclusion”
Mark Bouton, How to Spot Lies Like the FBI

Elmore Leonard
“Elmore Leonard's Ten Rules of Writing

1. Never open a book with weather.
2. Avoid prologues.
3. Never use a verb other than "said" to carry dialogue.
4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb "said”…he admonished gravely.
5. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.
6. Never use the words "suddenly" or "all hell broke loose."
7. Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
9. Don't go into great detail describing places and things.
10. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

My most important rule is one that sums up the 10.

If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.”
Elmore Leonard

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