Looking back on my week of writing:
- Idea: Don’t worry about all the books I want to write, focus on the one I’m writing. (paraphrased from Norman Mailer)
- Word Count: Growing.
- Social Media: Hooked. Isn’t admitting it the first step?
- Research: This week, I learned, that Centrale Bibliotheek, the public library near Centraal Station in Amsterdam is the largest library in Europe.
- Gripe: The limits of my creative energy.
Fear comes in the wee hours of the night, haunts your dreams and eats away in the corners of your mind. It stalks you through your day like an unwanted shadow. It knows your weaknesses, for you are its prey. Make no mistake, if you are not careful fear will rule your life.
So what do you fear? Creepy bugs, monsters under the bed, random terrorists, …running out of chocolate…? Fear. We all fear. Some of its big and some of it’s little, but it’s all paralyzing.
My greatest fear, at the moment, is writing a synopsis. Compressing my sixty thousand word baby into two thousand words takes more than a well structured girdle. I don’t want to leave out characters I’ve been living with for months, or amputate pieces of plot that have swirled in my head so long that they have melded with my internal circuitry. So what can I do?
I have a fantasy. I will hypertext the lot. Wouldn’t that be nice? Imagine my whole synopsis neatly typed on one page. Every second word would link to other pages, but I would have managed to stay in the proper ‘word count’ and said what I wanted to say.
My fantasy goes farther… Imagine a computer that could take my hyprertexted synopsis analyze it, with some random algorithm a fifteen year old savant who doesn’t need to shave yet has devised, and instantly know whether it’s sell-able. Who knows what the future will bring.
Yeah, I know… I need to get my head out of my digital fantasy and write the wicked thing.
Do you have any advice on synopsis writing? Any favorite drinks to help me through it? Maybe a preferred chocolate treat? How do you do it?