Writing a synopsis first?

Five months into my book writing project and I still haven’t finished the planning and research stage. Why? Because I’m keen to get the basic plot structure and characters fixed in my mind before I start drafting, as I know this has let me down before.

I am following a particular writing method – the Snowflake Method – which is definitely helping me sort out my plot. The only trouble is that I’ve now hit the point where I need to write a four-page synopsis of my still-to-be-written novel, and I am finding it hard going… Continue reading

The bare bones approach

One of the problems of being wordy is that you often become… well… a little too wordy. Why take three words, when ten will add so much more depth and meaning?

I actually think that I have the opposite problem. In my former life I was a lawyer – a role that brings with it so much legal jargon and so many unnecessary words that I rebelled. I became a fan of the Plain English Campaign, and left my ‘hereinbefore mentioned’s’ behind me. Continue reading