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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 .  

Sometimes you don't...

Sometimes you don't know if you're doing the right thing until you've done it. I've never refused an offer to publish a book until I turned down an offer from the publisher of my last novel to publish The Winged Child, the book I've been working on for the past year.

I didn't know why, but I just couldn't feel right about it, so I let the days slip away until the deadline passed and the publisher voided the contract. While fretting over it, quizzing myself as to whether I'd done right by my book, I pulled out the manuscript and began to go over it one more time.

I hadn't made many changes before I realized that the book really needed some rethinking and reworking. If it had been published as it was, I would have been dissatisfied with it no end. It was a good book when I submitted it, I think. But it wouldn't have been the right book. 

Maybe the winged child will get another chance to fly. Maybe not. But eat an apple before it's ripe and it might leave you with a bellyache.

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  1. Bravo, Henry. What you did took a great deal of courage, but it kept you true to your original instincts about what the book truly wants to be. If I may offer my own gut feeling about it - I feel very strongly that working on the book again can only make it stronger and richer and will result in the right publisher falling in love with it!


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