lifelong dream of writing a novel. After all, you don't get many opportunities to lie around all day with little else to do. Now, when commencing this project I did take into account of my strongly ingrained tendency for procrastination and allowed it some leeway. To maintain a sense of realism in what I could achieve alongside all my other regular activities, I decided that the 100 day plan that I was following didn't have to to be carried out on consecutive dates in the calendar. So, now a month on, I'm working on day six's project analysing a novel and breaking it down into sections as if it were a 'how to' guide. It's a slow old process and at this rate my bestseller should be completed in about a year and a half, a good five or six times longer than disclipined daily work might achieve. Even so, this seems to be a thoroughly reasonable timescale for completing a potentially publishable piece of work.
I'm summarising a well crafted novel that I've recently finished, the absorbing Natural Flights of the Human Mind by Clare Morrall. It's quite wordy at 390 pages long so it's taking a fair amount of time to break down. In fact, one of my first overall impressions was that the book moved too slowly in the first half. Perhaps there's something to be learnt here that will help me consider 'over wordiness' when drafting my own story.
What is becoming apparent in the fifty or so pages that I've delved into over the last few days is just how slowly descriptive storytelling rolls along even when action is delivered at a fast pace. An entire work of fiction can be summed up in just a few sentences. Yet it can take over a page to break down a simple action or thought process and delve into the meaning behind it or draw a picture of the physical environment in which an activity is taking place. I'm picking up the fundamental principles of how a clever writer interweaves the present and the past introducing snippets of an individual's life that inform their future attitudes and behaviour later on in the story. Let's hope that this painstaking task helps me along the road to seeing my own work in proper good old fashioned print before devices like the Kindle take over completely!