So here’s my secret:
I’ve finished some of the preliminary rewrites for Sins of the Father and was feeling pretty good–and then did my word count and realized that I’ve only got 48,000 words. The average mystery novel has between 55,000 and 60,000 words. That’s what I’m shooting for. AHHHH.
I know that there are holes in this story. I know that there are areas that need to be more fleshed out. I know that things don’t hang together as well as I imagine they do. But still, how am I going to figure out where those gaps are? Where things need MORE, where the holes are? I understand this story too well–I’m way too close to it. Even with setting it aside for a few weeks, I know I’m not seeing the real problems.
So how do I do this? How do I make this book as good as I want it to be?
I’ve told you my deepest fear. How are you doing making your dreams come true?