If the plot gets out of hand, simply synopsise large chunks

Penelope turned away from the mirror and looked her husband directly in the eyes for the first time in two months.
‘Martin,’ she said, ‘I don’t believe you.’
‘You don’t...’ He stopped, breathed, clenched his fists. ‘You don’t, do you?’
’No.’ She turned back to the mirror. ‘I don’t. You see, after Michael left that evening, I found your notebook – the one you had tucked under the corner of the carpet.’ There was silence for a few seconds.
After the ensuing argument, Penelope filed for divorce, although the process proved more costly than she had anticipated and the loan she took out to cover her legal fees would have bankrupted her had it not been for Michael’s intervention. This, though, brought its own set of problems, as Michael’s wife assumed (wrongly, as it happened) that Michael’s interest in Penelope’s wellbeing was a result of something beyond merely friendly concern. This led to an estrangement between Michael and Susan which, although not as rancourous as that between Penelope and Martin, nonetheless took its toll on all concerned. So it was that both Penelope and Michael found themselves, some months later, nominally single; it is at this point that we resume our tale...


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  2. Does this remind anyone else of Douglas Adams' writing? Hilarious as always, though :)

  3. I can actually see this working, in certain circumstances.

  4. Oh my goodness, I'm guilty of this!

    *slinks away giggling*

  5. I do it in the very early stages. If I've got ideas on the tip of my tongue for some interesting parts, sometimes I'll write them and gloss over the parts in between. However, I still plan to show plot events for main characters on screen sooner or later.

    Douglas Adams synopsized lots. However, he usually did it in digressions and sometimes footnotes, he rarely if ever did it in the main plot, and he was doing it for comic effect. It's probably not a good idea to handle the main characters' marital strife the same way as an explanation of why a metaphor a character used was misleading.