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17 November 2013 @ 10:21 pm
good. bad.  

The good news is I know how I’ve screwed up the book.

The bad news is this is all new screw-ups, following the screw-ups I’ve already fixed, because I was determined that the synopsis had it right even if it didn’t make much sense or feel right, and … yargh. And I need to figure out the big conspiracy plot/motivation/players/etc because I’m reaching a point where it’s got to start coming together and right now instead of edgy sharp moments I have a big puddle of wet noodles.

Remind me to never, ever start a series again without doing an exhaustive series outline first. Argh.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Fighting Crime with a Giant Dandelion Since 2013: Libellula juliapameladean on November 17th, 2013 11:33 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry. How extremely vexatious. The last time I had something like that happen I felt as if I'd picked up an apparently well-mixed lump of bread dough to knead it, and it had all come apart and stuck to my hands and wound itself around my arms, all sticky.

kitmizkit on November 18th, 2013 07:47 am (UTC)
I can't! Get it! OFF! like that. yes. @.@
Geek of Weird Shit: weldinggows on November 17th, 2013 11:48 pm (UTC)
Oh dear. :/

Anything the brainstorming gang might be able to help you with?
kitmizkit on November 18th, 2013 07:46 am (UTC)
...I hadn't even thought of bringing it to the brainstorming filter. That might be helpful for figuring out the follow-through and conspiracy, especially for the final book.

Or are you just angling to read the first two books now? :)
Mary Anne: pixelpers1stence on November 18th, 2013 02:54 pm (UTC)
well, we're here if you need the brainstorming..... :)
Geek of Weird Shit: weldinggows on November 19th, 2013 03:57 pm (UTC)
Unless specified, I can never keep track of what book you happen to be writing at any given point in time, so reading the first two books hadn't even occurred to me. (Now that you mention it, though . . . *wink*)

Sounds like you resolved it well enough on your own, though. ;)
kitmizkit on November 19th, 2013 04:08 pm (UTC)
I'm the only one who ever *always* knows what I'm working on. Ted and my parents *usually* do, but not always. :)
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on November 18th, 2013 02:33 am (UTC)
I got nuthin but hugs and sympathy.
Michellemsagara on November 18th, 2013 04:16 am (UTC)
My synopsis was a little like yours in that I started the book from page 1 four times assuming that I could make the synopsis work. And you know what happened with that book; I couldn’t finish it until threw my synopsis (of almost no actual words) away. Because it was not, in fact, right.

So when I read this, I thought: it’s the synopsis.

And less: you need a bigger game plan.

Is this wrong of me?
kitmizkit on November 18th, 2013 07:45 am (UTC)
A fair chunk of it *is* the synopsis, no doubt. It doesn't work. I'm not sure it ever worked, but it certainly doesn't now, and taking two runs at it has not made it work. Which is, of course, the problem with synopses. (Unless you're dancinghorse, who apparently loves how they unfold so tidily and everything has to be just so and so of course that's how it is. She should write my synopses. @.@)

It's possible I don't need a series-long game plan on any given series, it's true. I *do* need to figure out how all the pieces are going to come together in this one at this stage, in the hopes of having enough *correct* synopsis to get through not only this book but the last one successfully, because I can tell you right now that what I've got for the 4th book is half an inch from useless.

It might, however, be *nice* to have a clear through-plan for a series. When I've had a really super good synopsis for individual books I've flown through the writing of them. Wouldn't it stand to reason the same would work with a whole series? #hopeful
dejladejla on November 18th, 2013 06:11 pm (UTC)
Ouch. I hate it when a plan falls apart.
Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on November 18th, 2013 08:17 pm (UTC)
Wait, I'm discombobulated. Which book?