Famous crime novelist Michael Connelly was a police reporter before he started writing.
In yesterday's USA Today, an article about Connelly spoke of his admiration for legendary Miami Herald police reporter Edna Buchanan.
"Buchanan added to her fame in his eyes with a lead about a would-be gunman shot dead at a fast-food counter: 'Gary Robinson died hungry.'"
WHAT I'VE LEARNED: May we all be this succinct.
In four words, this reporter tells us:
- the protagonist of the story
- what happened to him
- with some humor
There's no fat on that sentence, yet it has a very distinctive voice.