Losing the plot

I’ve been practicing an exercise this week where I write the synopsis of a novel idea in about 20 words, then expand it to 50, then 150, then 250. I’m planning to rewrite the romance novel I penned during my second year of uni and release it as an ebook, hopefully sometime between Christmas and my birthday, and this has been amazingly useful for working out where I want to take the story during the rewrite.

Synopses I’ve written this week:

A woman turns her neat life upside down when she begins a relationship with her AI companion.

A young journalist has a fling with an older man; meanwhile he investigates the dormant case of a mysterious conman.

Alcoholic woman goes to rehab and deals with her recovery and the death of her husband through an imaginary noir universe.

Two power-hungry women go on a quest across the galaxy to find their hearts’ desires.

In neo-Industrial Manchester, a Private Eye finds herself caught up between a heartbroken mayor and a dangerous femme fatale in a race to solve a string of murders and find a priceless missing diamond.

And, at some point, I’ll write them all 😀 (well, technically, I already wrote two of them…)


About sarahgracelogan

Sarah Grace is an itinerant scribbler and general layabout. She runs a writing group called CAKE.shortandsweet, because any form of procrastination from actual writing is always attractive to the serious author of refined taste. When not distracted by laser pens, Sarah Grace writes novels, short stories and flash fiction, poetry, stage scripts and screenplays. She has performed her work at Stirred Poetry, Bad Language and Tongue in Cheek Manchester. Her first publication, Humping the Boonies is a self-published chapbook available directly from the author, or from Travelling Man, Manchester. You can find more details about her ongoing projects, not to mention a selection of free stories up for grabs right here on her blog. https://sarahgracelogan.wordpress.com/about/ She also likes to talk about theatre, film, books, photography, and especially games and other things that involve collaborative storytelling. Sarah Grace likes feedback, in whatever form it comes.


  1. What a brilliant idea! I think I’m going to get a notebook (ehn, or maybe a Word.doc, what’s the difference?!) and do this as well. You’ve inspired me – I’ve been struggling to remember dreams and ideas long enough to get them written down recently!

    • I really recommend that! It’s crazy how useful this has been, I really need to encourage myself to keep doing it somehow. I suspect that it won’t work with a short story, because once I’ve cut down this much there won’t seem much point in writing a short story! But yeah, definitely try this and post the results 😀

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