Starting from page one is an idea I stole from the novelist Elizabeth Dewberry. When she told me that beginning from the beginning was how she commenced every day, I thought I’d give it a try. That was two decades ago.Since then, many things have changed about the way I write. I used to write at night (now I sleep), spend all day writing (now I’m lucky to get a few solid hours in the morning), and smoke (no more). But I still move glacially forward every day that I sit down at my computer, rethinking and refining each paragraph, line, and word as I go along.
Here’s a snippet: