You knew it would happen. A reviewer in the NYT today called out Elmore Leonard on breaking his own rule #10 in his new book. "Leave out the boring parts that no one reads." But can we all agree on what constitutes "boring?" I doubt it.
Although that said, I am sure there are passages in books from a different era, we would all take a red pencil to. Thomas Hardy, for instance. Now I think Leonard's rules are basically good ones, but he set himself up for this by selling them as a little book, by making money from what should have just been some good advice.
Here are the rules first set down in the same publication, I think.
The whole thing is sort of like having your children remind you that you told them to keep both hands on the steering wheel, use a designated driver, and signal before changing lanes.