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Writing Wendl - attrition...

Status report on the current novel project, Wendl the Fallen : At around 60,000 words, I've killed off a couple of characters, which is usually an early sign that the story is finding me. The target is a rough draft of about 100,000 words in twelve chapters, which will trim down in re-write and editing to something like 70,000 words in ten chapters. I've never written a novel this dark before - or this funny. To be honest, I'm not at all sure I'll ever be able to finish it. Meanwhile, The Winged Child will be out in February. That is my best one so far.   Henry's books . If you would like to deliver Drovers Gap blog directly to your email inbox, click here .  


 I've been telling all my friends that The Winged Child, is my last novel, that when I turn eighty this spring, I'll retire from fiction and become a poet. When I look around, though, I see all these old tale-spinners still plugging away at it.

James Lee Burke, at eighty-four, gives us one more Dave Robicheaux saga in A Private Cathedral, and manages to expand his horizons doing it. John le Carré unloads Agent Running in the Field at eighty-eight years.

Maybe it's time I got digging after a new book. I might be too young yet to rhyme.


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  2. Sorry, I deleted my comment due to sloppy grammar! Here it is again:
    I used to read all of James Lee Burke's books, but haven't read the last several. I'm looking forward now to the latest. I read Agent Running in the Field just a few weeks ago and found it to be among John le Carré 's very best. Rave on, Henry, I want to read the published versions of Winged Child and Among the Fallen!


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