I just finished writing the outline for my next mystery — Hair Trigger, which will be the first book in a new series.
My first two mysteries — Dark Sunset and Bloody Sunset — are set in a small town of Sunset, Michigan. For Hair Trigger I thought I might give Sunset a rest and go in a different direction.
This time the setting is gritty urban — Detroit and its environs to be exact. I wanted to do a weird riff on Moby Dick and pursue the white whale.
As with any new project, I am pumped and ready to go.
However, I still have work left on the synopsis for my first book. This is proving to be more difficult than writing and revising the book.
After something like fifteen drafts I am having trouble working up any new enthusiasm for it.
Which is a dangerous place to be.
I love the book and my readers think it’s terrific, but I am stuck here and am not sure why. A great synopsis should sing and whet the reader’s appetite. But each of my attempts has been either uninspired at best or totally flaccid at worst.
I know that I will get through this and produce a great synopsis that will sell the book. It’s only a matter of time and inspiration.
This whole exercise has made me really appreciate those unsung heroes of the publishing world who write the jacket copy.