When his writing sounded like writing, he rewrote it
The prolific author Elmore Leonard died yesterday, but his writing is still here. So are his rules on how to write well.
These are rules I've picked up along the way to help me remain invisible when I'm writing a book, to help me show rather than tell what's taking place in the story. If you have a facility for language and imagery and the sound of your voice pleases you, invisibility is not what you are after, and you can skip the rules.