I love the idea, the plotline of this new manuscript, but trying to keep it simple in an outline is very difficult for me. The same thing with writing a synopsis. I feel like I’m trying to keep it streamlined and it’s almost impossible for me to do so. I want to put in all the details, the nuances that to make the book enjoyable. But that’s where the actual writing comes in. It is not for the outline.Sometimes I wonder, did Jane Austen, John Steinbeck or Agatha Christie write outlines and/or synopses? Probably not. Publishing wasn’t the big business then that it is now. At least I don’t think it was.
Synopses make me nuts too. I had an agent once ask for a synopsis of each chapter individually. I decided that was too much and opted not too. You want that detailed of a synopsis read the damned book.
I guess I just feel like all this preliminary stuff is keeping me from doing what I really want to do which is write the book. Tell the story that I have inside. Maybe that’s what I should do.
So I’m leaning towards sitting down and just starting it and seeing what happens. I’ll keep you posted.