So here’s how I tackled the synopsis from Xibalba today.
First, I jotted all my misc. notes onto the index cards. I also read each of the previous synopses and wrote down the key phrases I wanted to keep onto cards. I had two really shitty drafts completed, and one partial. Each one I’ve really struggled with, and they’re definitely not fit to send out.
Even if I ended up with duplicate information, I went ahead and wrote the best pieces down, trying to keep each idea short and sweet so it fit on the card. With this pass, I ended up with 51 cards in no particular order.
For the second pass, I started going through the cards to consolidate or eliminate as I went. They naturally began to fall into a semblance of order. I rewrote the ideas card by card, tossing each attempt until it read almost exactly how I’d want the synopsis to read. I concentrated on the opening first, and ended up with about 10 cards. Then I tackled the next chunk and smoothed, revised, etc. until I had about 20 cards. Repeat. Until I finally had 52 cards in order. As I went, the three story threads began weaving together, just as they did in the main story.
Yeah, I added cards at this point, but I decided not to stress about it. I just wanted a complete and cohesive picture of all three story threads, start to finish, with all the necessary emotion and motivations I wanted to convey.
For the third pass, I concentrated more on elimination and streamlining. I rewrote most of the cards, fine tuning and working to get down to 42 cards. That’s still way more than I expected to have, but I felt that each card was pretty important. I had to open the second pack of index cards because I’d tossed so many.
Finally, about 9:30 PM (after the monsters went to bed) I began typing up all my notes. It ended up complete at 2,151 words. Is it just another shitty synopsis that I’ll have to throw out? Lord, I hope not. My fingers and hands are KILLING me from all this hand writing and then frantic typing!
But I’m finally done. At least for now.