Monday, September 30, 2013

How To Procrastinate Writing A Synopsis

Writing novels is fun, a little agonizing at times, but mostly fun. Writing a synopsis is mostly agonizing. Here's how to procrastinate. I'm not saying it's based on my life or anything...

1. Order yourself a box of chocolates. You deserve to celebrate--you finished your novel!

2. Can sweaters be celebratory too? Summer kind of disappeared and fall appeared while you revised that now finished--yay--novel. Click on all those links in your junk file and do some virtual window-shopping. Just a few minutes or so...

3. Realize that you get way too much junk mail. Take some time to Unsubscribe. Real quick before you open that really, really blank future synopsis document.

4. Cleaning up junk mail feels great. Cleaning up workspace is even better! The synopsis can wait. After all, you do work better with a clean desk.

5. Under a pile of clutter, you'll find that book you've been meaning to read. Maybe it will help you brainstorm ideas for your next novel. Take a nice long reading break & snuggle with your cat.

6. Just one more chapter. Okay, now just one more... it's super short. So is the next one...

7. Reading has given you some cool ideas for your next story. Maybe you should write then down. After you go to the store and buy a cool new notebook.

8. The mailman is here! He's got your chocolates--and a pile of intriguing catalogues. Hey, maybe you'll get ideas for some of new characters. Ooh! These models are wearing really nice sweaters... The trip to the mailbox was chilly.

9. Go online and peruse several sweaters.

10. Okay, you have to write at least the first line of the synopsis. Done. Name the document. Done. Hmm? Is the first page of your novel as good as it really could be? What if you changed that fourth word in the second paragraph?

So, yeah, I'm literally sitting on my sofa eating bonbons and reading books. I'll work on my synopsis tomorrow. I promise!

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