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Author Q&A

Here we present our exclusive collection of Q&As with a long list of illustrious authors.

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Lawrence Block

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

What is your method for overcoming writer’s block?

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.

What are your favorite or most helpful writing prompts?

When I pause at the keyboard, I play a few hands of solitaire. Been doing this for ages.

What is the most valuable advice you received as a young writer?

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.