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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 .  

Strange unwinding...

A strange tale is unwinding itself in my notebook during these shortening days, about a woman who has lost hope and a man who has lost faith, two old lovers apart for forty years and some, reunited at last.

They are private people, our Doreen Sharp and Simon Catherwood. We don’t learn much about them until an accident threatens to separate them again. As each grapples with their own personal regret and guilt, remembering or denying the irretrievable past, they reveal to us bit by bit why they parted and what has compelled them to this late and last encounter.

I look in on them every morning to learn any new secret they might divulge to one another and to their author. Whatever they tell me, I promise to pass on to you readers – eventually.

The story is titled Angels Unawares, at least for now. It began as a short story that turned into a novella and seems to have aspirations to grow up into a novel. You’ll know when I know.


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