Tuesday 4th August 2020

I love being organised.

I love it when you can tell your agent that BTW you do have the synopsises for 2 further sequels already written up and peer-reviewed.

But then, of course, your agent asks if you have an updated version of the novel you’ve just submitted, and you think, Damn!  Perhaps I wasn’t organised enough.

So tonight was spent writing up a synopsis.

At first I thought it would be easy.  I thought I could just take an old synopsis and edit it to include all the new bits you added in during the last draft.  But this novel has changed a lot over the last few years and as a result, I take an old synopsis and find scenes in the wrong order, scenes missing, scenes needing to be removed.

And what’s interesting, is that I felt that the synopsis needed to capture part of the character arc.  It needed the theme to slyly show through – not to dominate there but to exist.

The end result was a far larger synopsis than I would have ordinarily liked.  I was once told that synopsises should be about a page, but the 2 I did a couple of months ago are a couple of pages each… so I used this as permission to have each one be a maximum of a couple of pages.  This made editing the new synopsis down a bit easier.  I honestly think that any shorter and it would have lost something.

I got it done and sent off, and then started worrying that maybe I rushed it.

I’m learning to be more decisive in my writing and trust my processes.  The document was created, edited and checked.  Ordinarily I would have spent ages with the editing and checking.  Any changes would require me to go away and think about what linked into this part of the story; how might that cause problems.  Nine times out of ten it would not need any changes, and in the one time in ten that it did, I was aware of the issue before I even started the readthrough.

Instead, I left the procrastination at the door, got the document done, and sent off.

I suspect things might now go quiet for a time.  I’m going to try not to think about it too much, but of course, I won’t be able to spend a single waking moment not thinking about it.

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