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~ Step 26 ~



Revised Synopsis


Now that you have selected a variety of intriguing characters as your cast and chosen your Main Character and protagonist, it is time to revise your overall story synopsis to weave this material into your story.


Referring to your most recently revised synopsis from Step 10, note all the places you have previous mentioned characters.


If any of the characters already in your synopsis no longer exist in your cast, either replace them with characters who do and can perform the same job or eliminate whatever mention there was and pull up your text so it doesn’t leave a conceptual hole.


Then, begin with the character in your cast of whom you are most enamored and integrate it into your story wherever you think he or she would enrich your story.  One by one, add in the others.


You don’t need to work in everything you’ve learned about each character – much of that material can serve better as background for your own use when you get down to the actual business of writing.


Rather, draw on each character’s dossier for material that can become part of your plot, the basis for character relationships to be developed in later steps, and for your story’s theme, moral or message.


Once you have blended your characters into your synopsis as fully as you can, read it over from stem to stern and refine it into a polish draft that reads smoothly.


Again, no need to be particularly literary in style.  Just ensure there are no holes, inconsistencies or areas of confusion due to wording.


In our next step we’ll leave characters behind and find inspiration for your story’s theme.