After four desperate tries for my latest writings, a sequel to my Indigo Sky, I finally nailed down ideas in the form of a synopsis. I know, I know, a synopsis is supposed to be, well, sort of like a short story–beginning, middle and end. How do you write this thing without the story? Created as the preliminary to an outline, I left out the unnecessary, and kept in the necessary. In other words, my synopsis left out the B-ST.

Stephen King

Maybe what Stephen King says in his book,”On Writing” in his Second Foreword, is true, This is a short book because most books about writing are filled with B-ST. Fiction writers, present company included, don’t understand very much about what they do–not why it works when it’s good, not why it doesn’t when it’s bad. I figured the shorter the book, the less the B-ST. King suggests that every aspiring writer should read The Elements of Style. Rule 17 in the chapter titled “Principles of Composition” is “Omit needless words.” I tried to do that in my short synopsis, maybe three pages double spaced, based on someone’s probable expectation. Enough of this, I can see your eyes rolling from here.

So now how to create that outline? I am about to–finally–learn how to use Scrivener, created for us (writers) to outline. Wish me God’s speed . . . (Audio) (Trailer)

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About gailingis

A native of Brooklyn, New York, she had an early love of drawing and music and would spend whatever time she had creating and studying. Throughout those years, she earned a degree in interior design and continued her studies in architecture and design criticism. Ultimately, she studied her art with prominent artists nationally. She is internationally recognized and is a popular award-winning designer & artist. An accomplished artist/illustrator, Ms. Ingis has been involved in design, architecture, teaching, and art for more than 35 years. Her career has spanned all aspects of design and art with an emphasis in interior design. She is accomplished as an ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) certified interior designer, professor of history of architecture & interior design, photographer, artist juror, writer, design critic, and founder of the nationally accredited Interior Design Institute. Besides teaching at her school, she has taught at the New York School of Interior Design, Kean College in Union, New Jersey, the former King’s College in Briarcliff Manor, New York and in Connecticut at the University of New Haven, University of Bridgeport and Fairfield University. Currently she serves as a Board Trustee and Art Director of Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk, Connecticut. Her book, "Haze of Innocence" is a work in process about the lives that revolved around a painting once commissioned and owned by Legrand Lockwood. Ms. Ingis incorporates her skills of drawing and painting into her illustrative work, her fine art and portraits. Her sought-after-award winning work is represented in private collections, galleries, museums and corporations in the states and abroad. She is represented by Agora Gallery on-line, Rockwell Art Galleries in CT, permanent collection of Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum, permanent collection of the United States Professional Tennis Association, and permanent collection of the University of New Haven.
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