When they both ended up in prison, I had no idea how they could get out. They were surrounded by guards and checked on hourly. Besides, they were in a heavily fortified English prison.
I won’t ruin the story, but suffice it to say that Jeanne came through, taking me every step of the way.
Whew, I thought. Never again will I allow my characters to drag me along on their escapades, causing me sleepless nights, worrying about what would happen next.
Jeanne, though, is headstrong. If you read the reviews of my book, you’ll see that she came through the pages exactly like she wanted to—a clever and independent woman who gave Squire Nicholas a run for his money!
No writing method is right or wrong. What’s right for you is what works. For me, I’ve found that writing the dreaded synopsis first gives me a place to start, even if it gets changed by your characters later. After writing my synopsis, I put it away a few weeks, then take it back out and read it with an editor’s eye, to see if the book is just a series of events, or if it truly tells the story of someone’s journey. So does my synopsis tell the editor or agent what the hero/heroine want and how they will change? Now you can think about the book, because we have a goal in mind. We need a Hook, the Call to Action, and Choices to define our characters' goals and motivations. Once we have that, we can go to the fun-to-write Gray and Black moments, followed by the Climax and Resolution. Do we know what those are? If so, it’s time to write. Try writing your synopsis first. I know your book will find a home.
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