Finish the damn book. So says Laura Lippman and who are we to argue? Alex McNab got hold of her to ask her to clarify.
You’ve read them here before.
They are my favorite four words of writing advice.
They also haunt me.
“Finish the damn book.”
Go to the website of author Laura Lippman. The words are right there in bold type, in the “Self Help” and “Son of Self Help: The Sequel” areas, under the “Letters” menu heading. Lippman (right) is the Baltimore-based, Edgar Award-winning, New York Times-bestselling crime novelist who writes a series about private eye Tess Monaghan as well as acclaimed stand-alone titles including, most recently, And When She Was Good. On February 14, 2014, After I’m Gone, another stand-alone, will be published by William Morrow. It is Lippman’s 20th book, the first of which was published in 1997.
I’ve been trying to meet Lippman’s charge for a long time.
At this point, I have written a long first draft of what I call a literary tough-guy novel…
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