Robert B. Parker rarely varies from 'said,' but when he does, it's usually entertaining.
"Shut up," I explained.
i don't follow a lot of Elmore Leonard's rules because i don't want to write like Elmore Leonard. don't get me wrong, he's got tons of fans and a bunch of his stuff has been made into movies, but his prose just doesn't do it for me. i'd rather read Mickey Spillane or Joe R. Lansdale any day.