First in a series (hopefully a short series) of updates on synopsis for my second novel.
Synopsis still in the grinder. Why? WHY?
First, Lynette mentioned how my POV’s snarky voice sparkled in my first novel. It never occurred to me she might be hinting my second novel synopsis needed that same sarcastic tone and gently suggesting I need to let loose.
Then, after reading Kristen Lamb’s blog What is Writing “Voice”, I realized I’ve actually dumped my voice. Maybe writing in third person is unfamiliar enough to rattle me, but somehow my synopsis became rigid and far too serious. I am writing SFR here, not The Kite Runner.
Suddenly, like a retina-bending explosion, the truth emerged. The voice I hear in my head, the bad bold voice, isn’t there. Where the hell did it go? For some reason, it’s quiet – replaced by nervous chatter. As you patient readers know, writing the synopsis first is new for me, but I’m still convinced it’s the right direction for this novel. So, I’m letting the acerbic voices of my characters loose, and they’ll lead me from beginning to end.
How do your characters’ voices sound in your head? Are they the real you or someone you would like to be?
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