Blog writing has become a relatively new passion for me. Mainly because it fulfills three selfish needs of mine. One, to write away happily. Two, to be read, and three, because it is easier than slaving away on my novel that has been driving me crazy for the last six months.
When I set myself the task of completing a five or six hundred word blog post, I somehow, and with unerring surprise find a topic that tickles my fancy and off I go. A quick read after thirty minutes and poof, off it goes. Normally with a spelling mistake or two, but I prefer to call them talking points more than careless errors. My blog was designed specially to be finely tuned and focused on the uniquely singular topic of life, the universe and everything as a tribute to my hero, Douglas Adams. I am one who has a tendency to stray from a subject, so this narrowly designated topic keeps me right on track.
Unlike my new novel. Which should be called my old novel now as it feels like it has been with me forever. I promised myself that I would complete this story before I die, because it is a story that I want to tell and believe needs telling. That doesn’t make it any faster though.
My original and now almost ancient two page synopsis was absolutely brilliant and has kept me close to the storyline. But is is amazing how many words it takes to turn a synopsis into a story. My original plan was to have the story set, told and concluded in around 120,000 words. As I am not one to concentrate on a word count, I didn’t realise until this week that I have just about finished setting my main character and have now run up over 40,000 words.
I wonder if this is how Tolstoy got lost and needed the equivalent weight in pages of two bowling balls to finally get the story finished. My gut feeling right now is that I might be on that path.
When I make a quick calculation of how far I am into my original synopsis at this point, and the number of words used to get this far, I come to an uncomfortable answer of about 280,000 words. Damn. This will probably take my original deadline for completion from early 2010 to late in the life of my great, great grandchildren.
I’ll keep you posted.