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Lawrence Block is the author of crime novels such as A Drop of the Hard Stuff.

Q: What is your method for overcoming writer’s block?
A: There's a great method spelled out in Break Writers Block Now!, a book by my friend Jerrold Mundis. Nowadays, after all these years and all these books, if I have trouble writing I just say the hell with it and go do something else.

Q: What are your favorite or most helpful writing prompts?
A: When I pause at the keyboard, I play a few hands of solitaire. Been doing this for ages.

Q: What is the most valuable advice you received as a young writer?
A: Fifty-plus years ago, Henry Morrison read an early crime novel of mine in manuscript and suggested I put the second chapter first. The lesson—don't begin at the beginning—has served me well.

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