What is the hardest part of writing a story for you?
I have no problem rattling off a story, beginning a new novel and having an ending in mind (even if the middle is a bit muddled). I’m fairly good with editing, grammar, spelling, all that jazz. Motivations, themes, character development, that’s all cool with me.
Then someone asks me what my novel is about and I’m like:
This is even a problem I have when someone asks me what the book I’m reading is about. For example, my response to a coworker asking what David Dalglish’s “A Dance of Chaos” was about was the eloquent, “Killing and shit,” when it reality it’s about the corruption of a city and its underworld full of thieves and assassins with a bit of magic thrown in. The main character reminds me of Batman without his rule against killing.
Does anyone have a foolproof way to writing a synopsis or a simple summary of one’s novel? Or is this the type of problem that only a few of us have?