n. pl. syn·op·ses (-sēz)
A brief outline or general view, as of a subject or written work; an abstract or a summary.
condensation, epitome, abstract, abridgment, précis. See summary.
In what became an arduous process, the pieces were dumped out like so many collected marbles from a bag and sorted, examined, as it were, and assigned value and priority.
The plot was held up against Stevan's quintessential challenge: but what's the story about?
The characters floundered around in confusion, fell through some plot holes, threw inconsistencies back and forth between themselves in a quick game of Hot Box. And when it got too dark to see the ball, they went inside and sat around the table, drank Ovaltine or whiskey or Ovaltine with whiskey, and traded big fish stories. One of them knitted an afghan out of alpaca yarn.
The chapters were reordered. Renamed. Revised.
The title was removed. Or not.
First draft complete.
Round Two begins at the bell.
I love the writing life.