I was less than thrilled when, I thought my book was finally finished, and then it became apparent that 40% of it had to go. Can you imagine? Over a year’s worth of work! But when I read it out loud, it just wasn’t happening. I liked the characters and the plot…but it was lacking that certain something. I spent another month thinking…just hard thinking…with a pencil and a blank sheet of paper, writing ideas, plot lines, what-if’s, etc.
And guess what? It was worth every second of frustration. I’m happy with the new direction of book 4 and I’m at a point now where I can start rewriting it. I even took some time and sketched out a partial outline for book 5 – which would bring back Stephen Moorehouse and the old familiar gang.