When Setbacks Are Productive


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. 



About Hurricane River Publishing

I write mystery novels. The Butterfly Conspiracy and The Peacock Prophecy, feature Stepehn Moorehouse, his Uncle Phillip Kahle, and Stephen's romantic interest, Jeanette St. Jacques. The Maze At Four Chimneys features John Barrington and his family. The Black Orchid Mystery features a detective named Archie Archibald. This book takes place in Vero Beach, Florida but has ties to John Barrington from The Maze book. My latest book, Menagerie of Broken Dreams, brings back Stephen Moorhouse and his uncle Philip, as they travel to central Florida to make a movie. Things don't go as planned when they meet Doctor Merryweather and his run down roadside attraction the Menagerie.
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3 Responses to When Setbacks Are Productive

  1. Wowsers. I’m writing my first novel and if I was told 40% was chop suey I’d be gutted. I guess that’s the reality of it, I’m glad you posted about this because if the same thing happens to me I’ll not be shocked or dissapointed.

    • That’s a good point. I think I would have been devastated if this had happened on book 1. As you can imagine, I was somewhat disappointed, but I know the final product will be much better. Thank goodness I read my 3rd drafts out loud.

      Can you share what your book is about?

      • Well I’ve wrestled with what genre it might fit into but I don’t think there is one befitting it, which may be a problem down the road. A loose synopsis is it involves alienation, migration, middle America and dogs!

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