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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 .  

Last resort...

"Plot is the last resort of bad writers," according to Stephen King. I tend to agree with him. When you are writing, listening to your story is more important than planning it. You'll have a better story if you don't start planning at all before you have at least a first draft.

Anything that surprises the author will surprise the reader. Writing a good novel is finding out that you don't know your characters nearly as well as you supposed. They had their own full lives before you ever thought of putting them in your book. It ain't your story. it's theirs. Pay attention when they show you want they want to do.

When a minor character you figured might be good for half a page as a hapless victim turns out to be the major villain, upending the orderly lives of all your favorite characters, don't try to write him out of it. He'll probably be the reason people will buy your book.


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