I was surprised at this difficulty! From a first draft, surely one knows one’s story. NOT!
When I read my first draft and answered Sandra Scofield’s big picture questions, I realized that I had a lot of unanswered questions. Am I telling the story I want to tell? I have two plot lines, and I’m not entirely sure which one should be primary and which one should be secondary. What are the big philosophical or social questions I am trying to answer? Underneath the surface, what is the story about? What makes it a story of India, and what makes it universal?
So I have labored and come up with short and longer versions of summaries, and answered some of her more difficult questions.
- A two sentence summary of the novel (yikes!) and what is it about, what is its intention, and what is its world?
- A one page summary
- A two page summary
- A description of the “novel movements” (sounds a little weird)