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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 .  

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I've been reading a fair amount of poetry lately in anticipation of writing more of it over the summer. Although I read poems in digital format, unlike prose, where I don't really have a preference, poetry I prefer to read on paper.

A poem is an artifact. It has a shape. The placement of lines and words on a page affect one's perception of the work's character. One reads a poem in some ways rather like one would read a painting.

A poem is also a performance. I prefer to read poetry aloud. It needs to be heard to be fully experienced. Hearing poets read their own words does help to get inside the work. Poetry is as much music as literature.


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  1. You were already one of my favorite poets, deliberately or not. I hear it in every line of the books a d stories, and blog posts I have read of yours. Thanks


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