After two weeks of fiddling and rewriting, synopsis version 6 is on its way. Thanks to the wonderful Michelle Styles, I now have a story with potential, rather than severe flaws. Of course the editors at Mills and Boon may not agree but even if they don’t, I have learned SO much about conflict and action/reaction in the course of the past two weeks that the next sub will be even better. And I like my story a whole lot more than the last one which is a good sign I hope.
So what have I learned?
1. The conflict and thus the story plays out in the action and reaction of the characters.
2. The conflict happens in the present.
3. Internal conflict need not be based on tragedy.
4. Internal conflict can be simple.
5. That action is not talking. Talking is talking.
6. That rewriting one’s synopsis completely six times can be a good thing.
7. That one can have too many dinners in one’s synopsis.
8. That chocolate is a vital ingredient to synopsis writing.
9. That banging one’s head on the table after version 4 hurts.
10. That you still feel sick when you press send no matter how many times you have subbed.
Right, so now all I need to do is write the thing! And thanks to Janette, I have a title: The Art of Attraction. Not a millionaire or a defiant mistress in sight.
Now, on with the NTAI.