Janette Kenny

The plot thickens

I’ve written quite a few novels and have yet to write (or should I say plot?) two of them the same way. Admittedly part of the reason is my refusal to write anything resembling an exact formula or cookie-cutter idea which in my mind translates to boring.

But for the last few novels, I did write a brief synopsis and/or back blurb before I started chapter one. That I always partnered up with rough character lists (I don’t do charts). This time I didn’t bother with the outline or synopsis. Why?

In looking back over my previous works, I realized I hadn’t come close to that original premise in any of them. The stories evolved and the characters’ goals changed more often than not, so the synopsis was a waste of my time.

Let me clarify here. Before I started my current work, I figured out the initial goal, motivation and conflict of my major characters and kept that sentence GMC in front of me. But that’s a far as I went with anything resembling plot.

I opened a file, focused on my character and started writing. Now I’m seventy-five pages into the book and I’ve stepped back so I could take a good hard look at the story idea and determine if it’s worth developing.

It is, thankfully. So it’s full steam ahead with writing the rest of the book–after I draft that synopsis. At least now it should be more in keeping with the story promise. 🙂

5 comments to “The plot thickens”

  1. Jordan
    February 7th, 2006 at 10:45 am · Link

    Good for you! Keep it going. It doesn’t matter how you get there as long as you arrive. 🙂

  2. Jan
    February 7th, 2006 at 8:59 pm · Link

    So true, Jordan. I’m a country girl so I’m used to a bumpy ride, lol.

  3. Jordan
    February 8th, 2006 at 6:10 pm · Link

    Ditto on this end.

  4. Amy
    February 11th, 2006 at 8:47 pm · Link

    You go, girl! I wonder if I’ll ever do it the same way twice. I’d love a method to my madness, but creativity doesn’t seem to want one.

  5. Jan
    February 12th, 2006 at 10:08 am · Link

    So true, Amy! It drives me crazy, but I can’t see any way around the plotting hell at this point.

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