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The Son of Fear vs. Fun

Or is that the sum?

The four-page synopsis, with its single-spaced lines, pared down to one page of single-spaced lines, is back to two pages, with equally dense (and single-spaced) lines. Rewriting is akin to literary Darwinism. I'm sending the book out into the world after the weekend. It needs a message cipher installed in an early chapter. Linguist, programmer, writer and good friend maradydd is making a secret code for my secret history. :-)

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stevenagy
Sep. 28th, 2007 04:01 am (UTC)
Actually, I'm growing fond of the process. First, it's necessary. Second, 1,000 words in a synopsis is easier than a five-word pitch.

What's really funny, though, is that when you get the pitch right, everything comes full circle. This project started as a short story that brought together two different ideas. Then, during a drive to Toronto, the muse turned it into a novel. So, I did everything bass ackwards. I think it's going to be a lot easier to start with the pitch, then write a proposal that I can later refine into the synopsis (after the next novel gets written), and then write the first draft.

Going to the Powers seminar Saturday, so I'm going to tackle the next book/sequel in that order, if possible. I know the pitch, so I hope I can get a good start on proposal/outline/plot.

Going to learn a lot. And have fun* with friends when I'm not doin my lernin. :-)

* -- Fun = bar and socializing

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