Liz's Looming Lunacy

An author trying to find her place in the world.

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Location: Bayport, New York, United States

Swain's world (The Cosmic Unicorn #1); A Day in the Life (Alternate Hilarities #3); The Lawnmower that Ate Manhattan (NIEKAS, I forget the issue); Spring Cleaning (Sound Waves); Shadow Play (The Parasitorium II: Parasitic Sands, 2007); Crow's Feat (Free Fall (February, 2007) Oh, and Obligatory Holly Lisle Affiliate Link for writing workshops and stuff.



     Have you ever noticed that the most comprehensive outline or synopsis you can come up with a book involves either one character or a personification of the major events?
     I've been reading a lot of articles online about writing them and this seems to be the case (although with multiple VP characters I think it helps to do a subsidiary outline for each character and their plot arcs).
     The major thing with either a synopsis or an outline is to keep it short and sweet, something you can use to stay en route during the course of your journey. I do have the character plotlines and arcs (or else I come up with them as necessary) to refer to when I am working with that particular character.
     Cheating? I don't think so; but figuring out how to get from here to there is sometimes so different from actually making the journey that you have to be flexible enough to improvise when the need arises.

Elizabeth Anne Ensley.

Subsidiary: Advanced Session IV.


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