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Paul D. Marks

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Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald, James Ellroy, David Goodis

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January 2012


Paul D. Marks is the author of award-winning Mystery-Thrillers about imperfect or flawed people trying to do the right thing in a corrupt and unjust world.
He is the author of the Shamus Award-Winning mystery-thriller White Heat. Publishers Weekly calls White Heat a “taut crime yarn.” Betty Webb of Mystery Scene Magazine calls its sequel Broken Windows “Extraordinary”. Though thrillers and set in the 1990s, both novels deal with issues that are hot and relevant today: racism and immigration, respectively. Marks says “Broken Windows holds up a prism from which we can view the events burning up today’s headlines, like the passionate immigration debate, through the lens of the recent past. It all comes down to the saying we know so well, ‘the m
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Paul D. Marks Here’s what I do when I get writer’s block:

I Write.

And when I have no more to say, here’s what I do then:

I Write.

And when I hit that wall again, this…more
Here’s what I do when I get writer’s block:

I Write.

And when I have no more to say, here’s what I do then:

I Write.

And when I hit that wall again, this is what I do:

I Write.

I don’t really get writer’s block. And if I get something approaching it I have several things to try to get me over the hump. Long drives up the coast, music blasting. Walking the dogs. Even taking a shower seems to loosen up the brain matter. And sometimes, per my opening here, just sitting at the computer and typing (writing?) stream of consciousness. It doesn’t really matter what comes out and I might not use much of it, but it does help get the juices flowing.

The one time I really did hit a wall was when working on a script. I don’t know if you’d call it writers block, since I don’t much get writer’s block, but I had a good concept going and a draft that just didn’t work. I tried all of my usual tricks to get past it: taking some time off, driving up the coast listening to loud music at full blast. Having a drink or two. Nothing helped. Finally, I packed up the car, drove down to Palm Desert (near Palm Springs) by myself. I spent my days hanging out by the pool, reading, or going out to eat. At night I worked on the script. And then I did the old standby trick with index cards, something I’m normally too lazy to do. But I put every scene on color-coded index cards and shuffled them around and around. And eventually it all came together. And that script ended up getting optioned several times, though never produced (my perpetual plight).

I also might take a day or a week off from that particular project and work on something else. Or play. And even though I might not be thinking about it in the forefront of my mind, my brain is working in the background so that when I do sit down later I will probably be able to get on with it.

The bottom line is that writing is a job. And just like any other job or a job where you punch a time clock you just have to be there. You have to sit yourself down in a chair, stare at the screen and let your fingers do the walking. Eventually something worthwhile (well, hopefully worthwhile) will come out.
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Paul D. Marks Oh, the glory. The fame. The money. The recognition. The groupies.

Okay, I'm kidding.

The best thing about being a writer is trying to write a story th…more
Oh, the glory. The fame. The money. The recognition. The groupies.

Okay, I'm kidding.

The best thing about being a writer is trying to write a story that will entertain people. Trying to make all the pieces fit so everything works as a whole. I like the process. It can be frustrating at times, make you crazy. But when it all comes together, well, there's nothing like that feeling!(less)
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Broken Windows – Sequel to #Shamus-winning White Heat drops 9/10/18. A labyrinth of murder, intrigue and corruption of church and state and business that hovers around the immigration debate. #writers #mystery #amreading #thriller #novels https://www.amazon.com/Broken-Windows-Duke-Rogers-Pi/dp/1948235072 Read more of this blog post »
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“I feel that life is divided into the horrible and the miserable. That's the two categories. The horrible are like, I don't know, terminal cases, you know, and blind people, crippled. I don't know how they get through life. It's amazing to me. And the miserable is everyone else. So you should be thankful that you're miserable, because that's very lucky, to be miserable.”
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Kris Neri Great to connect with you here, Paul. Looking forward to reading your reviews.


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Beth Hi Paul,
Thanks for befriending this fellow mystery writer here as well as elsewhere!


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