~ Albert Einstein
Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.
~ Douglas MacArthur
~ James A. Michener
~ Richard Bach
If you’re going through hell, keep going.
~ Winston Churchill
you won’t find one. I know. I was searching for somebody smart or famous, maybe
not Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian, but any minor celebrity would do, that
would justify our decision to abandon a book that we’d been writing.
for the better part of three years. Anything, including a thumb wrestling tournament
on cable TV, was enough to divert our attention. We kept talking through
scenarios and occasionally even writing a couple of scenes.
It happened after I’d finished the first draft of a scene that included a
heartfelt speech by one of our favorite characters. I mean it was the kind of
declaration that would make lesser men stand up and cheer – except it had
absolutely no business in the book and made little or no sense.
Basically it was time to hold up the white flag of surrender and say this book
is going nowhere – fast.
hard? Probably no to the first question; definitely yes to the second and
third. We’re capable of writing grand stories with deep themes, even if we
often choose to eschew great pronouncements of metaphysical meaning (if I even
know what that means). I don’t remember who said it, but somebody (not Paris,
Kim, or even Honey Boo-Boo), once said, “Not only do I not want to write
the Great American Novel; I don’t want to read it.”
service for a story that was dead on arrival. We killed it. No wanted posters
for the murderer are necessary. Nor even a moment of silence. Frankly, it was a
to try and make it work. But maybe I’m getting older, maybe a little smarter,
maybe listening to the Southern half who doesn’t have much patience with guilt
trips helps. But I realized that by pulling the plug on a story that wasn’t
ever going to work, it freed us to write one that did.
you ever quit a project?
Sullivan Investigations Mystery
Murder Off the Books Kindle – Nook – Smashwords – Trade Paperback
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The Dog Days of Summer in Lottawatah– Kindle – Nook – Smashwords
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Undying Love in Lottawatah- Kindle – Nook – Smashwords
A Haunting in Lottawatah – Kindle (exclusive to Amazon this month)
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