I’ve never done it but it seems like it might be the kick in the butt I need, so I’m going to do the NaNoWriMo on ‘If Not for You’ this month.
On my first day I wrote 1200 words but deleted 900. The book is 62,638 words currently, and I don’t expect to publish more than 90,000 but if you knew my process you would weep for me. This is the point in my novels where I start savagely brutalizing my story. Cutting out characters, scenes, chapters. For every word I write, I delete at least another word somewhere else. So. If I can write 50,000 and delete 20,000 I should be doing well.
Yesterday I wrote 500 words but deleted 900, more or less. That means I’m in the hole 100 words. So sad, but that’s how it goes.
I may have mentioned ‘If Not for You’ some time ago, when I first started it. I sometimes start books and finish them years later. This one is about a wheeling dealing stockbroker, Eric Tack, living in San Francisco, who is trying to recover from the crash of 2008. He hears that the man he loved and lost has been murdered and that he, Eric, has been named in the man’s will.
The entire book takes place in Humboldt County, up in the Redwood National Forest, where so many grow houses, legal and illegal, exist. I got stuck on one of the main character’s personalities. I couldn’t seem to nail him down which, you can imagine, created a major problem. I’ve written the beginning and the end. I’m kind of flopping around in the middle trying to get a grip.