Lawrence Block, author of the Matthew Scudder crime series, most recently A Drop of the Hard Stuff, shares his writing tips
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.