Let me start by saying this was a great year to see how sometimes taking a step backwards results in a huge leap forward.
Earlier this year I was starting to despair this book was just getting too long. It was just getting longer and more complicated and I wondered if I would ever finish it.
And that’s when it hit me — this wasn’t a stand alone book but a 3-book series.
Everything fell into place at that point.
Of course, the problem was I had to go back and make some adjustments to what I already wrote (not to mention get a little more specific about Book 2 and 3). At the time when I was doing this, I started to despair that this was taking too long and I was going to blow all of my deadlines.
Finally, I just had to surrender. I told myself I would get it done the I got it done and to stop worrying about it.
It wasn’t long after I did that when I started to realize the book writing was going so well I had made up time and yes I should definitely be on track for an April or May launch next year (with the other 2 books in the series launching after that).
It all started when I was a teenager and on a family vacation in New Hampshire. While there, we took an afternoon cruise on one of the local lakes, and that’s were the idea first came to me.
I first thought it was a short story, revolving around Elizabeth taking a lake cruise during a family vacation. (You can read a version of this short story in the novel — it’s one of the “Elizabeth” chapters.)
I actually wrote “The Stolen Twin” over 10 years ago. And then I stuffed in a desk drawer (well, to be completely honest, I actually stuffed it into a file on my computer, but that doesn’t have the same impact as stuffing it in a desk drawer) and left it there for over 10 years.
So, why did I do that? When I took the time to dig around and figure out the answer, I actually surprised myself.
If you too have an unfinished creative project lurking about, what I share may help you get that project finished and launched into the world as well. (And I sincerely hope it doesn’t take you as long as it did for me.) Enjoy!