Okay, so I’m going to talk to you about something important today – note taking for an author. When one researches how to write books, one stumbles on so much advice that it feels like the universe is about to gang on that writer.
Please, don’t feel like that. I’m going to try to make things clearer and why a writer should do certain things. Have a cup of coffee, tea, soda, or water and remember to participate in the comment section. When I started blogging, there was participation and after a while most of us started to just like things. If you participate in this post, I’ll return the favor!
One advice that we hear again and again is to write chapter summaries. I have to say – I didn’t take it in the beginning. Yes, it’s a lot of work but if you’re writing a series, it’s a lifesaver. I mean come on, you just turned your characters inside your head into BEINGS that readers would want to root for! Your characters have birthdays. Birthdays mean zodiac signs and those mean that your character has special characteristics. If you have for example five characters, can you tell me you would remember each one’s birthday and characteristics? Probably not. So, why do you think you would remember what happens in a chapter? Write things down. Here’s what I do for my chapter summary:
As you can see, you don’t need have a chapter summary in paragraph form, although it’s a plus if you add one. Some publishing houses look for paragraph format summaries. And all those notes can help you write one.
What do you guys add to your chapter summaries? Are you going to start writing them? How useful are they to you?