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Write Your Novel
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By Melanie Anne Phillips
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~ Step 10 ~


Smoothing Out the Bumps


In Step 9 you integrated all your new material into your existing synopsis to create an all-inclusive description of your story’s world.  In this step you’ll move things around and reword them so that your revised synopsis reads like butter.


You’ve come a long way. And, you’ve just completed a lot of hard work messing around with intangible ideas.  Time to get literary again for a refreshing break.


Your job in this step is to reread your synopsis as it stands, not for content but from the standpoint of word play.  For a moment, put story aside and think about how things are said rather than what is said.  See if you can come up with a more interesting way to express the very same thing.


Don’t feel you have to get too stylistic or come up with memorable ways of phrasing things – brilliant lines of soaring prose that sweep the reader off their mundane little feet.


Nobody is going to see this final plot revision but you.  The purpose is not yet to create a finished work.  Rather, you just want to iron out the wrinkles, trim the jagged edges, and smooth out the bumps for a pleasant flowing read.


So, crank open the stop-cocks of verbiage and pave a way through the telling of your story.


In Step 11, we’ll fluff up your newly washed and folded story synopsis and see if we can shake some characters out of it.