wine on the keyboard

My brain hurts

by Kay~Kacey on 4/15/2006

ever do so much THINKING about your story that you know you’re going to scream :cursing: or throw yourself off the nearest cliff…or drink yourself senseless??? :beer: I wrote my synopsis for my proposal this week. Yes, scary enough thought there. But I kept trying to nail down internal conflicts and emotional arcs and external conflicts and am I showing the character’s growth???

:wtf: Sometimes the actual details of nailing all this down in the synopsis makes me INSANE a little crazy :crazy2:

Do you try to nail down all of that when you’re writing your synopsis. Do you write your synopsis after the book is done? After a few chapters? Before you start writing anything else???

This week, for my frustration entertainment…I get to revise the synopsis and cut out about 2-3 pages from it :shock:

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Michelle April 16, 2006 at 5:31 pm

You can do it, Kacey! Take out anything unrelated to emotional growth. Go, Kacey, Go! :beer:

Kelly P. April 16, 2006 at 10:18 pm

I would rather write syn after the book was done! But I now I have to do it before and they are really tough. They are my least favorite thing to write. argh. :cool2:

Rene April 16, 2006 at 10:50 pm

I write the synopsis after I’m done with the book. I don’t worry about character arcs and internal conflicts. If the story goes how I plan, those issues take care of themselves. If I ever have to write a synopsis first, I better fake it pretty good.

Rene April 16, 2006 at 10:51 pm

Oh yeah, and when I start thinking about my story to that point, I say to myself “Don’t think, Meat, you can only hurt the ball club.”

Tori Lennox April 17, 2006 at 1:31 pm

Go, Kacey, go!!!

Melissa April 17, 2006 at 3:23 pm

I know EXACTLY how you feel. In fact, I was just there about two weeks ago. My advice is to distance yourself from it a bit – when we get too close to our work, it makes it more difficult for us to “see” what’s going on.

Amy K April 17, 2006 at 10:24 pm

Writing the synopsis first is sooo hard. It’s the hardest part for me. I think so much about it and want to get it just right. And then I write the story and the whole damn thing changes anyway.

By the way, I meant to answer you in my blog comments…thanks so much for picking up my book! Yay! Where’s the big smooch smiley?

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