Like A Surgeon

For those of you who have read The Truth About Alex, there is a few deleted scenes that never made the cut. The pace of the book was rather quick, and the scenes I mentioned would have dragged it down. They were short, to be sure, but unnecessary. Every published book, I’m willing to bet, has scenes removed from the final product. It’s a time when the author has to play surgeon, and although it can be a painful affair, it teaches you to have thick skin.  You want the story to be the best it can be for your readers, am I right?
49-old_school_surgeonIt’s hard to let go. Once you’ve written your entire book, lean back with a glass of wine and enjoy your magnificent accomplishment, the last thing on your mind is the cutting room floor. No, no, no. It’s perfect just the way it is. It’s your baby. Every scene has its place and purpose, and you may be the first person in the world who has written a perfect book! If that’s the case, you need to read my First Draft Blues for an awakening. Not to damper the mood, by all means celebrate! Just know the final product might not closely resemble what you’ve just written. Set it aside for a few months. Then, go back and read it. You may find that your perfect book isn’t so perfect, and there may be some much needed tweaking.

What about you? Have you ever had to slice away at a manuscript? How did it make you feel?
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Do You Have The First Draft Blues? Part II

      struggling+writer   Ever wonder how long it would take to write your first draft?  I find it interesting and even quite painstaking that someone actually rounded up these numbers, but alas, here they are.

   Writing a book can be a frightening, daunting, yet exhilarating experience. If you are struggling with the First Draft Blues (see previous post), then maybe this will help put some things into perspective for you.  Keep in mind my three guidelines: Don’t Agonize Over Getting It Right The First Time, Have Fun With It, and Be At Peace.  Set attainable, realistic goals for yourself, and you will succeed!

300,000 word count
410.9 words a day for 24 months
821.9 words a day for 12 months
1,643.8 words a day for 6 months
3,287.6 words a day for 3 months
9,868.4 words a day for 1 month
21,428.5 words a day for 2 weeks
42,857.1 words a day for 1 week

150,000 word count
410.9 words a day for 12 months
821.9 words a day for 6 months
1,643.8 words a day for 3 months
4,934.2 words a day for 1 month
10,714.2 words a day for 2 weeks
21,428.5 words a day for 1 week

100,000 word count
273.9 words a day for 12 months
547.9 words a day for 6 months
1,095.8 words a day for 3 months
3,289.4 words a day for 1 month
7,142.8 words a day for 2 weeks
14,285.7 words a day for 1 week

50,000 word count
136.9 words a day for 12 months
273.9 words a day for 6 months
547.9 words a day for 3 months
1,644.7 words a day for 1 month
3,571.4 words a day for 2 weeks
7142.8 words a day for 1 week

25,000 word count
68.4 words a day for 12 months
136.9 words a day for 6 months
273.9 words a day for 3 months
822.3 words a day for 1 month
1,785.7 words a day for 2 weeks
3,571.4 words a day for 1 week

10,000 word count
27.3 words a day for 12 months
54.7 words a day for 6 months
109.5 words a day for 3 months
328.9 words a day for 1 month
714.2 words a day for 2 weeks
1,428.5 words a day for 1 week

5,000 word count
13.6 words a day for 12 months
27.3 words a day for 6 months
54.7 words a day for 3 months
164.4 words a day for 1 month
357.1 words a day for 2 weeks
714.2 words a day for 1 week

EDITED for accuracy.

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