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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 .  

Rites and rituals...

We writers all have our little rites and rituals we are convinced help us get the words out and concentrate on the tale at hand. Whenever I start to settle into a new project, I make up a "cover" and tape it to the wall above my monitor. Ideas will stick to it. It keeps me focused and reminds me I can't die before the manuscript is finished.

Eventually, the publisher's cover will bear little or no resemblance to mine, but ever after, when I think of the book, this is the image I see in my mind.


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