Yesterday I pulled out my synopsis and I started making notes. Finally!
I’m really glad I wrote the synopsis now. It makes it easier to figure out where to change things. My notes are in dark blue, littering the typed pages.
Today I think I’ll add green or purple, whichever I can find first. I like adding a different color to show different kinds of work, and today I’ll be making a new line for the plot. It might take two or three times to get where I need to go and changing colors in the notes helps me see which direction I’m going.
As opposed to all black and white- then I’ll forever be scratching things out that don’t work.
Makes me think I should’ve done all this work before I wrote the book, but I didn’t develop the synopsis first.
Why oh why didn’t I do the synopsis first?
Well, I suppose I haven’t yet outlined a book before I’ve written it. The Art of Science might have been the exception because I had a chapter guide before I wrote it – but that one changed away from the outline version completely, too.
Do any of those writing books out there mention the people who have to write the rough draft before being able to look at the plot structure and make it better? I wonder if I might be one of those people.