So much more fun than that bloody Elmore Leonard one that turns up every 17th tweet on Twitter:
4. Use short, concise, unshowy sentences. "Like this?" she asked. "Like that," he said.
5. Pepper dialogue liberally with 6 years-out-of-date slang uncovered by your researcher. The squares that read your books'll never even notice.
6. Have protagonist sip from long cold drink, branded beer or coffee when you can't think of a 'cool' line for him / her to say. It will look super 'deep' in the film adaptation. Also: product placement.
Anyways, take it away, Benjy!
"Avoid haphazard writing materials. A pedantic adherence to certain papers, pens, inks is beneficial. No luxury, but an abundance of these utensils is indispensable."
YESSS! See? He gets it! Us writers are a cowardly and superstitious lot...