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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 .  

Wendl the Fallen, the novel...

Merry Solstice to youns. Until the next summer solstice, I'll be on the trail with Wendl von Trier. Wendl is a changeable character, a pĂșca, who might appear as he or she or something entirely other, in your dreams or in your face. But Wendl is always present company, here and there, now and then or even when, a constant guide and guardian, a trickster and a truest friend.

If I can keep up with this peripatetic prankster, a year from now, I'll be able to show Publisher the manuscript for a novel, Wendl the Fallen.


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