Dennis Lehane says: "writing a first draft which I hated and totally missed the mark. I had to rip out the entire centre of the book and re-do it. That took another year and lots more fear and self-doubt."
It's amazing/encouraging/assuring when you read that even our greatest/most applauded writers go through the same gut-wrenching angst as we mere beginners. This is definitely not a journey for the faint of heart, but as Lehane continues: "Welcome to the job you know. That’s what they pay you for." Amen.
Thanks for posting this, Ali. I've been in the tank for Lehane ever since I read A Drink Before the War. I've read everything since then, except for The Given Day, which is on the TBR pile as we speak.
I'm also delighted to hear Patrick and Angie are coming back. It will be like seeing old friends again.