Yesterday, I sent the manuscript of my second book to my agent in NYC. It’s quite a moment to send that file. A year of work boiled down to a single email attachment. A document of 323 kilobytes. It sounds like nothing. Like something you could churn out in an afternoon. This morning, I looked at my Scrivener file.
- Manuscript: 96,546 words
- Acknowledgements: 583 words
- Unused sections: 23,688 words
- Original notebooks: 63,252 words
- Cut-ups: 6,075 words
- Literary quotes: 1,364 words
- Ideas: 5,537 words
- Trash: 14,112 words
- Total: 211,157 words
The good thing is, you don’t think about the number of words when you’re working. It’s just about getting the best material you can and getting the story down in the best way you can.
And then, when you’re ready, you send it.