Behind the Scenes: False Starts

I thought I’d share with you a glimpse at the number of times I’ve started various chapters and sections of my book before landing on what felt right.

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In case you can’t see the image above, I have two chapters that I’m happy with, and:

  • 3 chapter ones
  • 2 chapter twos
  • 1 each of chapters three through five
  • 2 chapters about a character named “Peterson”

The total word count of these false starts is:

44,081.

For those who don’t think in word count, let me translate that for you. Generally, I figure about 300 words per novel page. This would be for a standard size paperback.

44,081 / 300 = 146.936666667

So…let’s just round that up to 147 pages. That’s how much I’ll likely get rid of, though I may take pieces of what I wrote earlier where I like the way I worded something. Sometimes, this is what it takes, and I’m okay with that.

But if you’ve ever thought it’d be easy to write a book, it’s not. I’m not saying this to discourage anyone–if you feel you have a story to tell, by all means, you should find a way to tell it. I just want you to go in with honest expectations; writing is work.

That said, it’s awfully fun work!

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