The writer's group has just started on a hurculean task: writing a novel.
We have decided that, as a group, we should plot, plan and provide a synopsis for a novel in order to improve our writing and planning skills. Tonight we examined the pros and cons of four ideas and made a decision on which one we should take forward as our first project, and came to a conclusion.
One idea was a comedy about a teenage wizard. Although we liked it, there wasn't enough of an outline or an idea of where the plot would go to make it immediately workable. It would take a lot of effort to work out where the conflict was and what the boy would do, so that one has been put on the backburner for a while. Another one was about a series of murders, but seen through the eyes of people feeling threatened by the killer's presence. As this would be more of a character study, we have left that one for later too.
That left us with two viable alternatives: a murder mystery and an SF action adventure. Of the two, we plumped for the murder mystery as it is more straightforward to plot out and we know tha the murderer will be revealed by the end, even if he/she/it isn't caught and jailed.
Between now and next Monday we are all tasked with a job to either give more background to the story, or to come up with plausible plotlines and characters. Once this is done, we shall move onto a more detailed plot summary followed by character timelines and a full synopsis. We don't envisage actually writing the book, but it's not an idea we're rejecting.
I shall keep you up to date on how we get on and what lessons we learn along the way.