Synopses are hard.
I’m working on Step 4 of my pre-MyNoWriMo plan, which is to write a synopsis. I’ve got a paragraph-by-paragraph breakdown of how to do this from Janice Hardy’s Fiction University site, so it should be pretty straightforward, right? Um, not so much.
So far I’ve written the first paragraph three times. I started out with four or five sentences that are essentially back story – things that came before my actual novel begins, setting up how the main character got to where she is when the story starts. Nope, that’s not where I should begin. Then I started with what she’s thinking about and struggling with internally at the start of the story (which, as it turns out, hinges on that back story), so again, nope. The third time is tied more directly to what’s actually happening at the moment. This is closer to where I need to start, but I think it will take several more tries before I get to move on to the second paragraph.
I planned three weeks for this step, so I firmly believe I’ll get it done, and on time. I should be working on the second paragraph any day now! As long as I keep putting one foot in front of the other, I’ll get there.