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When I write I waste inordinate time making my prose look boxlike. I almost never add words; I just delete. There’s something about a neat chunk of prose that for me has the beauty of a Grecian statue. I probably spend more time doing that than I do writing. It’s the former editor in me, I guess. As you can tell from this essay, I don’t like fat prose. I admire the work of Robert B. Parker and Elmore Leonard, but I don’t write like them. Their entire scenes are lean. In fact, Leonard is on record as saying the readers are going to imagine the scene in their own way anyway, so why put in anything that isn’t essential?