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The Dreaded Synopsis—How to Get Started & Why We Need One BEFORE Writing the Book

Did you know you should write your synopsis for that book you’ve been wanting to write before you write the book? Kristen does, and in her lastest post she explains why. This one is chocked-full of why’s and how’s. Take a look. Thanks Kristen for the info… ~Elle

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All righty, so last time we talked about the dreaded synopsis and covered why we need them and why they are important. Most writers wait until the book is finished to tackle the synopsis, but that isn’t an approach I would recommend. You don’t have to be a hard core plotter to gain massive benefits to writing a synopsis before ever writing page one.

I know all the pantsers groan when I mention any kind of pre-planning. You are squishing my creativity! Stifling my muse!

No. I am not. I am actually going to make you far more creative and I will prove it.

The Benefit of Boundaries


If I said to all of you. Write me a story and it is due next week, at least half of you? Your brains would vapor lock as you stared at a page.

What to write? So many ideas! How to choose?

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About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress. Recently published is Coffee-Drunk Or Blind - a nonfiction story of homesteading in the Alaska wilderness with her parents and four siblings, told through letters by her mother and remembered accounts from the family.

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  1. What and have all the heartache, you’re described? Hehehe …!

    I’ve read your posts and had little to contribute. Except a like, when I do. Thanks! Keep on doing your stuff! Cheers Jamie.

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  2. Elle, I do not profess to be an author. Nor would I take up your challenge. Point taken, though. If you use special software to write? I have a copy of Scrivener. Should I ever decide to change my mind. Actually, I got it for a business plan. That’s another story, in itself. Cheers Jamie.

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