I can’t say I’m a great Elmore Leonard fan, but his ten rules of writing (as linked to by ET this morning) are quite compelling and entertaining. I’ll be flicking back to those when I embark on my NaNoWriMo effort in a couple of months. It also occurred to me whilst in the bookstore this morning that James Sallis has surely written some kind of similar ‘rules’ for writing. There is nothing more than an obscure memory that suggests this, which inevitably means he has probably written no such thing, but what the hell. I just felt it suddenly necessary to remember James Sallis. His sole tome on the ‘crime’ shelves (the extraordinarily fine ‘Ghost Of A Flea’) looked quite forlorn this morning and I was sorely tempted to buy it regardless of the fact that I have it already. I often get that impulse in bookstores; the urge to ‘rescue’ favourites from the shelves. Used to get it occasionally in record stores too, but I can’t even remember the last time I was in a real record store, which probably says a lot about how times change and all that. In fact I’m sorely tempted to dig out all of Sallis’ Lew Griffin novels and give them another spin. They were superb pieces of writing, weren’t they?