The Principal Speaker of this year’s Philcon was author Tim Powers. We’ve rarely had such an engaging, enthusiastic and entertaining guest. He was the star of almost every panel in which he participated.
Tim Powers provided my favorite quote from Philcon 2008. Tim said that the best writing advice he ever got came from legendary mystery author Elmore Leonard, who said, “Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.”
It turns out that Elmore Leonard wrote Ten Rules of Writing, which are available online at:
They are also available as a book. The above quote is #10 on the list.
For me, learning about this essay by Elmore Leonard justified the entire entry price for Philcon 2008.