Okay, so maybe I was a little hasty in saying that synopses suck. In fact, writing synopses do not suck. I think it’s like learning to enjoy olives. At first they’re vile and you can’t wait to spit them out, but after a little while you’ve managed a couple, then a couple more, and then suddenly they’re delicious and you add them to every meal! Alright, got a little carried away there but you know what I mean?
I had a synopses breakthrough in other words. Thanks to Felicity for passing on the fab advice from Jenny about doing a conflict synopsis. This is especially valuable in Modern Heat which is all about the internal conflict. I did two synopses for the contest that I’m entering at the end of April and after a day fiddling with these things, I finally cured the conflict problems in both mss that I knew were there but couldn’t get a handle on! It was great. Now, of course, I have to do a tonne of rewriting (deep sigh) but it’ll be worth it in the end. Anyway, if you’re wondering about your internal conflict, do a synopsis that concentrates solely on how your h&h work out their conflicts – if there’s a problem with it, you’ll soon find out.
Good old conflict. We had an RWNZ chapter meeting just this weekend about it. One of the Desire authors told me that in Desire it’s best that you have as little internal conflict as possible and that it was better to have lots of external! I was surprised – which shows you just how mono-manic I’ve become about getting the internal stuff right. Ah well, I like to think I’ve learned heaps about it at least. No doubt if I ever write anything else, they’ll tell me I now have too much internal conflict and not enough external!
Hope everyone else had a good weekend. We put our clocks back last night – welcome to winter. 🙁