Margaret Mayo, Romance Author


I don’t find writing a synopsis easy. When I first started writing I used to know how my hero and heroine met, what the conflict between them was going to be, and perhaps one or two things that might happen along the way. And that’s as far as it went.
Now my editor likes a synopsis of the whole story – I have a feeling she doesn’t like surprises. (sorry, ed, if you’re reading this) And I find it very hard to develop a full version in these early stages. How do I know what is going to happen? Characters have a mind of their own, sometimes going in way you never expect. It’s part of the excitement of writing.
Does anyone else feel this way? Do you like writing synopses? Or do you prefer to let the characters write their own story along the way?

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One Response to “Synopses”

  • Lacey Devlin says:

    I feel exactly the same way. I'm not the biggest fan of synopses. Some come easier than others but they always take an embarrassing number of drafts.

    I also like to have some surprises as I write so I try not to plan in too much detail. When I have written the synopsis before the MS something always seems to change. I hope you have a little leeway 🙂

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