Blood Lines

The mystery of writing … well, mysteries

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    A rainy dawn breaks over a slum neighborhood in Washington, DC to reveal the brutally beaten body of a prominent judge. A few hours later, a suspect is arrested. But the judge’s daughter believes there are secrets that drove her father to his death, and she wants to know what they are. Clay Warner, a down-on-his-luck insurance investigator, is determined to discover the truth – and win back the love of his life. But he does not know how deep that truth lies buried, and how far some will go to make sure it’s never uncovered.
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The Story So Far

Posted by Kevin on April 10, 2006

I'm not working this week — at least, not at my regular job since I took a little vacation. However, I am working hard on the book. My goal is to get the entire first act drafted before returning next Monday. I know that's a pretty big, hairy, audacious goal, and I promise not to get dejected if I don't reach it. So far, it's going pretty good — as of this morning about 27 pages drafted, covering the first three scenes and most of the fourth. I'm going to plow ahead and keep going.

The mantra inside my mind: "Don't worry. It's bad. Accept it. Rewriting will fix it but not until it's written in the first place!"

I have not written the opening prologue yet. It's a little intimidating, frankly, because it will show the murder that is the central puzzle of the book, and so needs to be a grabber that will draw the reader into the rest of the novel. I know in my head how it will play out but didn't want to waste a lot of time agonizing over a scene that is the most important in the book. The opening may be the last thing I write.

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