Sunday, 4 July 2021

The importance of a synopsis

Like most writers, I hate writing synopses.  I find them hard and it's even harder to keep them down to a page of A4 while getting everything that is necessary in.  However, having recently reached the end of my WIP, I discovered the importance of a synopsis for keeping a writer on track.  This is a book I've been writing a while - a lot longer than I would normally take over a book, in fact, due in no small part to the disruption and uncertainty of the Covid-19 lockdowns.  But, finally, it was finished and I was breathing that wonderful and long-awaited sigh of relief at the prospect of sending it off to the editors when I realised the ending was all wrong! Totally wrong!!

As I'd worked through the book,the story changed a little, as often happens. I'd moved away from the original synopsis slightly, and I was aware of the fact. But it wasn't until I'd finished the book that I realised the original ending, as per the synopsis, was actually the right one.  So last week, I stepped away from the computer, took a long walk up along the coastal path above the Dyfi Valley and sorted it all out in my head.  A weekend of re-writing later and the final chapter is redone and I'm happy with it now.  And I will never grumble at writing a synopsis ever again!



Tuesday, 9 March 2021

Nearing the end . . .

It's been a while since I blogged here but that doesn't mean I haven't been busy writing! I have, in fact, though it's been rather a longer and slower process than normal, probably due to the lockdown, which has affected us all to greater or lesser degrees over the last year. Can you believe it is over a year since Covid-19 first hit the world?

Like most people, I've been working from home over the last twelve months, which should be, of course, most conducive to writing.  Like many, I suspect, there have been days, and even weeks, when it's been the opposite, with lethargy hovering on the horizon more often than not.  Even so, I've been doing something for my writing every day (an invaluable piece of advice I read on some writer's blog many moons ago and wish I could remember whose!) and I am almost at the end of the first draft of my work in progress.

I say 'first draft' though really it's a case of writing a few chapters then going back and editing before moving on. But I aim to complete this draft by the end of March, edit through April, then send off to the publishers. And then cross my fingers . . .

It hasn't been all lethargy and writing spurts, however. I've been doing a lot of reading too during lock-down and have discovered several new authors whose books I've enjoyed very much. One of these is Julia Ibbotson, whose unusual and original time-slip novels are absolutely impossible to put down. I've just finished the first in what is to be a trilogy, A Shape in the Air, which moves between the present and the 5th century, a time period I know little about but now would like to know a lot more, thanks to Julia's evocative, enthralling and thoroughly-researched novel. 

How have you been surviving in lock-down?


The importance of a synopsis

Like most writers, I hate writing synopses.  I find them hard and it's even harder to keep them down to a page of A4 while getting every...