In our first week of my online class, we learned to draft a 500-word plot summary of our novels. I’d already written my mystery novel, so this was a post drafting summary. But while researching what makes a good synopsis, I stumbled on a lot of advice about writing the synopsis before the story.
This sounded interesting and since I have a new novel I’m working on–total Kismet. That story stalled once because I didn’t know where I was going. I hate when I don’t know what the next scene is. I froze up and worked on editing the other book instead.
Anyway, so I sat down and plotted out the story in 2 pages. Entire story. Done. Mind you OL played a huge part in story storming with me. It’s our version of brain storming where he asks questions or makes comments and bam I’ve suddenly plotted out a book in 30 minutes.
Anyway, since drafting the synopsis, I’ve been on a roll. I’ve written 5 new scenes this week alone. And it’s so much easier to know what comes next. Writing really is trial and error. I’ve learned so much from mistakes. I’d never take them back. But yeesh, it’s a tough journey sometimes.