Weekly Synopsis


Brooding Monday

Woke up feeling bereft.  The long-awaited and much-needed annual creative confidence boost, the Writer’s Weekend Workshop at the Art’s Centre is over for another year.  There is no Qi Gong this week so I will take my frustrations out on the synopsis.  Perhaps I should think about taking up karate again?

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Calmer Tuesday

Woke up feeling determined.   Spent most of the day editing the hell out of the first three chapters, before going back to the ultimate self-torture… the ****ing synopsis.

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Wonderous Wednesday

Woke up brimming with confidence.  I feel I have finally cracked the synopsis!  So have passed it to a friendly beta reader, whilst I grapple with chapters 4-8 until I feel happy with them.  Things are shaping up nicely.  I think… I am finally shaping into a competent writer.   Just another forty-two chapters to edit, then I’ll start sending my MS out and about.   Then the beta reader emails me,  having identified various flaws.  Death to the ****ing synopsis.

Thoughtful Thursday 

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Woke up feeling knackered.  Will stay away from the synopsis for a couple of days and start trawling my way through the manuscript from chapter 9, looking for telling bloopers, with the intention of rewriting to show them.  I have a long way to go before I can apply the word competent to my writing.

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Frustrating Friday

Slept well, but woke up tired.  How does that work?  Am irritated that life will be getting in the way of editing today.

Still, I am looking forward to a couple of creative distractions this weekend. The Jersey Festival of Words is in full flow and I have booked a session with Jersey-based writer, Laura Carter, followed a workshop with Richard Skinner, Director of the Fiction Programme at Faber Academy.  I’m hoping that the combination of these two sessions will refuel my creative vigor so I can get back to editing the crap out of my MS and take the ****ing synopsis by its throat and squeeze the essential juices out of it.

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