You gotta love the headline of this piece on an Elmore Leonard reading in Palm Beach, Florida. Dude, if there were any secrets, wouldn’t they be out by now? The PB Post writer continues waxing about said secrets well into the article.
[Elmore Leonard] lifted the veil several times in his talk, making unbelievable literary success sound unbelievably simple. It involves setting up chapters as scenes, and letting the characters talk. Leonard said he simply tries to be invisible.
So now you know the secret. What are you waiting for? Go and write.