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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 .  

On writing while drugged...

Lately, I posted here about my recent bout of writer's block. I seem to be writing better now that I'm on drugs. Thanks to an abscessed tooth, I'm on a ten-day course of antibiotic while waiting for the endodontist to return from his vacation.

My first dose of the day is at 2 a.m. After I wash down my pill, I write for an hour or so before I go back to bed. It is the most productive stint of word-smithing I have all day. Perhaps stories must be dreamed before they are dreamed up.

At any rate, concentration comes much easier before the mind gets filled with day-clutter. Imagination loves the dark.

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