As I mentioned previously, I generally write a detailed plot synopsis that acts as my guide to the eventual writing of the story. I was experimenting a bit this time around, and thought, "Hey, I could just write the detailed synopsis for the prologue and first chapter, and then move my focus forward with each chapter that I write, fleshing out the synopsis when I get to that point rather than doing it all beforehand." It sounded good in theory, as my previous experiences have shown that I will end up modifying the final story quite a bit from the original synopsis, such that it almost feels like wasted effort.
In practice, I have already noticed that I get hung up writing when my synopsis doesn't have enough detail for me to remember what it was that I had planned to write.
So, I've gone back to the synopsis to flesh it out for real, all the way to the end of the story. Chapter Two is still waiting to be written, but for the moment I'm focused on answering some questions about characters and plot that I had hoped I might just figure out when the time came. Not a big deal, as this was an experiment to see if it would work. Since it did not, I'm going back to what I know does work and will help me to produce the best story that I can.
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