The Sins of the Fathers

I recently read Lawrence Block’s writing how-to book Writing the Novel: From Plot to Print to Pixel. Tons of great writing advice in there. Block has been around forever, but I discovered him only recently through Dean Wesley Smith.

I just finished the first book in his Matthew Scudder series (which was recently made into a movie starring Liam Neeson). It was terrific, so I bought the second one. Here’s a preview of book #1, in case you’d like to check it out (and you should).

Twelve Days Into Familiar Lies

I thought it might be effective to show the progress on this novel, mostly to illustrate how an hour a day of consistent work adds up:


I’m twelve days in and writing at a respectable but not astonishing pace. Not even two weeks and I’m already 20% into this 75,000 word novel (around 60 pages).

I’m on schedule to finish this one probably mid-March and with my proofread-as-you-go approach, I won’t have any tedious rewriting left on it when the book is finished. I wish I’d started this rewriting approach sooner than halfway through the last novel. Hindsight is 20/20, I suppose.

By the way, this godsend of a technique is due in no small part to this article by Dean Wesley Smith. And a nod to Lawrence Block, who also does it this way.

And now I’m off to watch the new X-Files before bed. 🙂