Old Writer, New Tricks


  1. Yvonne Montgomery
    Yvonne Montgomery February 7, 2014 at 11:29 am .

    Thanks for the dead-on post, Mary. I’m out there in the mist with you. I’ll try your synopsis revision as a road map.

  2. Patricia Stoltey
    Patricia Stoltey February 7, 2014 at 1:34 pm .

    I think I’m going to try the dynamic synopsis approach with my current project. I was getting tangled up in my timeline and cast of characters. If I write the synopsis with a precise timeline first, then at least I have a guide that can be as flexible as my characters and the circumstances demand..

  3. W. J. Howard
    W. J. Howard February 7, 2014 at 2:45 pm .

    I too have to write start to finish once I begin the actual novel and can get really carried away with word count. A couple years ago I started writing a 20-40 page synopsis before tackling a 1st draft. I love this technique because it also gives me a chance to name characters and really get to know their personality before I dig in and write the whole novel. I also sometime grab a different notebook and write 1-5 pages of a characters backstory to get it out of my head. I’ve found that doing this helps to keep down the final word count of the 1st draft. The other good or bad thing is I do this whenever an awesome idea comes to mind. I have about 5 potential novels in the queue now. It’ll be much easier to pick them back up again, but I need to write faster.

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