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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 .  

First page...

I've written five novels and dozens of short stories, and I've written hundreds of first pages. I have folders full of first pages. That's where I find my tales.  If the first page doesn't make me want to keep writing, I figure it won't make a reader want to keep reading, so I lay it aside and write the first page of another story. I keep doing this until I hit on one that clicks. Sometimes that takes a while.


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