So my total word count as far as words written for the new demon book is about 12,000.
The total word count that’s actually still in the manuscript? 5,000.
I’ve never stop/started and cut as much as this in the beginning, but since the rest of the book is much better planned than it usually is (I’m a pantser, so I usually have good beginnings planned and then the story peters out into the ether) I figure it will even out in the end.
And the good news is, some of the stuff I’ve cut isn’t bad. I think some of it is simply later in the book.
So it’s all going into my “Rewriteable” file. I keep one of these for every book I do. In some it’s only a scene or two long. In others (like this one) it’s pages and pages.
Personal Demons‘s rewrite file is about 23,000 words, all told. Quite a few entire scenes, and some snippets of conversation I cut because it didn’t move the story forward but I liked the lines so much I figured I’d hang on to them in case they became useful later.
Some of it is, in fact. I have a scene planned for the new book set in a place I used in the first book but cut. So all that description I wrote will be put to use, which is nice.
I also plan to put a lot of it on the Stacia Kane website once it’s up and running. Bonus content for readers, like on a DVD, along with a few original scenes just for fun–stuff that would hold back the story in a book but would give little bits of backstory or just scenes I think people might enjoy.
What do you guys think? Would you want to read deleted scenes from a book?
How much do you cut from your books, and do you keep it?