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Writing Wendl...

I really did want to write a light-hearted tale in case this one turns out to be my last novel (assuming it yet becomes a novel), but it's headed currently toward the shadows. I thought I knew Wendl Von Trier pretty well, having trekked with him through my previous book, The Winged Child .   There, Wendl presents as an elusive solitary, moving above all worldly fray while at the same time nudging events and characters toward a satisfactory conclusion. Sharp and intimidating on the outside and tender and motherly on the inside. A friend to the world, something of a trickster, but in all things working for good outcomes.  That is how I saw Wendl VonTrier. A  púka, mischievous, but essentially harmless, even benevolent, capable of presenting in whatever form or gender the moment required. Wendl seemed the ideal candidate to carry readers off into the literary sunset in good spirits after an exhilarating romp through a fantastical fiction. But all along, it seems, there were depths to

Go for it...

Don't write any fiction for money you can't write for love. But if you feel you must earn some cash from your scribbles, consider short stories. Pro-level pay starts around five cents per word. At that rate, If you're writing every day, putting in your hours, you can almost earn a living at it.

And if you write a lot of stories, now and then one of them might turn into a novel. If that happens, by all means, go for it. Novels are usually more fun than profit, but they look good on your bio.

Henry's books.


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