My second historical novel. After all the extensive research on my first historical novel, Thank God for Michigan, and when I finally decided to write another novel, I decided to write a story that would only require a minimum of research. I also decided to just have fun with this newest endeavor.
As I began to write this one, I had no idea where I was going with it, and I didn’t even have a title for it yet. I began to do what I refer to as improvisational writing, which is very liberating and quite fun. One of my favorite movies is Finding Forrester, starring Sean Connery, whose character William Forrester is a reclusive Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist. In the movie, William Forrester explains to a young man who is a talented writer, and who needs guidance, “The secret to writing is, you write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head. The first key to writing is to write, not to think.
That pretty much sums up how I wrote Jacob’s Ladder of Vengeance.
I don’t do outlines before I write, I just write whatever comes into my head. The ideas seem to flow from my head, down my arm to my fingers, and then my pencil begins to move. On occasion, I have encountered people who said, “I wish I could write a book.” I always respond that, “if you think you would like to write, sit down with a pad of paper and a pencil. Write down the first word that comes into your head. If you are meant to be a writer, the other words will soon follow.”
As I progressed, I did not have the names for the characters, how many would there be, what is their journey going to be, what will each chapter contain? I didn’t even know how the story would end until I was about to complete the chapter before the last chapter. It was a surprise ending that was even a surprise to me.
Should anyone read Jacob’s Ladder of Vengeance, please keep in mind that I simply wrote it for the fun of it.