I’m not sure about other authors but I write a little back to front…..
I have the characters first and I build a story around them and getting them together. Because my stories are so character driven I know absolutely everything about the characters in my books. I should do, they’ve lived in my head for months and pop up at the most inappropriate moments. I can’t walk to work, eat a meal or read a book without thinking about them. When the book is nearing its end my writing slows down to a snail’s pace, probably because I don’t want to say goodbye to those characters. I want them to live on forever so while starting a book is easy, completing it is like me undertaking a mission to Mars!!
But my nightmare doesn’t end there….No because after I’ve slogged away for months and gotten the book finished I have to write a synopsis!! I hate writing synopses. I hate writing them with the same intensity that someone with arachnophobia hates spiders! How can I condense all of the months of knowledge into a few short sentences? It’s almost impossible for me….
It’s a nightmare that never seems to end and I guess it won’t because it isn’t as though I’m going to give up writing at any point in the nearby future….
If anyone out there knows of anyone or anything that can help me please let me know!! I’ve fallen in love with another set of characters in Gwen and Nicholas and yet I’m dreading bringing their story to a happy conclusion because then I’ll have to write that abominable synopsis.