When I started out writing Hack the Yak, I didn’t think about genre, length or plot. Just an interesting story. The characters pretty much wrote the plot as they developed. I ended up with 127,000 words, a main plot, two subplots, and a trip through the country where the blues music I love came from. Then came reality. Editors and published writers pointed out that a beginning writer has to hit the expectation of the market, which is 80 to 90 thousand words for mystery/suspense … 100,000 at very most. So the seventh rewrite took it to 88,000 words. I’ll save the subplots for other novels. The blues highway is gone, too, but it gave me a published short story and inspired two that are out to magazines. All in all, it’s been a wonderful learning experience. I hope the next novel, Skins and Bone, will require a little less rewrite.