Dr Jekyll, Mr. Hide, and a Gray Wolf

I am thirty pages into my third book and I’m ready to throw it away. When I began writing my Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hide/Revenge story, my main male character was becoming Superman. I re-edited. Then, a gray wolf popped in. So, I began rolling with it.

The premise: M. Lucian Powers, Jr. (half Native-American/half Irish-American) has relocated to the Philadelphia/New York area and now is in a financial position to bring down the Littleton family who were involved in his father’s death and the two police officer involved in his mother’s trumped-up drug charges which broke apart his family when they lived outside Indianapolis, Indiana. The gray wolf shows up just as he starts the plotting the takeover of Littleton Cosmetic Company.

My husband suggested I give a bigger role to the wolf. One girlfriend didn’t like that M. Lucian Powers is half Native-American. “Why isn’t he Italian?” she asked. She’s all Italian. “Because Gray Wolf is his Native American name,” I responded. She gave me a scowl. Another girlfriend suggested I make the Gray Wolf an alter-ego, with M. Lucian Powers in a schizo ward at the end of the book. “But, where’s his happily-ever-after with his love interest?” I asked. Because if he doesn’t get his happily-ever-after, then the story line of the love interest changes.

Then, I searched how many books were named “Gray Wolf” or had it in the title to the book. Over 445 pages in Amazon.com alone came up. So, I had to change the name of the book to “Red Wolf”. I hate it! I hate it!

So…. I have decided to heed my husband’s advice. I will develop a relationship between the Wolf and Lucian. I am thirty pages into my third book and I’m ready to re-edit.

What do you think?


I am working on my next novel, a work-in-process entitled, “Entangled”. Every day, I read blogs on writing, on points of view, and character development. I even won a free critique of my first chapter. I did rather well, I must say. I felt, though, I needed some help with balancing the pace of the plot as it unfolds.

My singing coach, Heidi Hayes, gave me some information on the Running Wild Writers Journal. I just finished as an active participant. It is really a lot of fun and challenges your writing skills. Here’s how it works:
1. You receive the prompt via email; for example, “bonafide”.
2. You write against the prompt for one day.
3. You send your creative musings to a team and the journal moderator Lisa Kastner.
4. Each team member responds with the strengths of the piece and ideas for revision.
5. Every Sunday the Journal identifies and posts their top selections on the Running Wild Writers Journal website.

So, how did this help me? I wrote a love story back in 2000, never finished the story entitled “If He Never Said Hello” set in Rome, Italy. One of the last writing jolts was “her Italian beret”. My writing entry was published last week as “The One”. Writing that jolt has solved for me a thirteen-year, self-imposed problem of how to finish the book.

A Writer’s Jolt is offered through Running Wild Writers. Find out more about this and other offerings by going to http://www.runningwildwriters.com or lisadianekastner.com