The synopsis is finally finished!
I wrote the story I had to write - back then, I did not care about a synopsis or a query letter. I am not even certain I knew what those were when I started writing.
Then, for a long time, I feared even the idea of a synopsis and did not want to touch it. It seemed like an unnecessary burden that would neither reflect my style nor capture the message of my novel.
It took me two weeks to draft it, rewrite it, and finalize it. It was not a labor of love...
Yet, in retrospect I realize how useful the exercise was and how valuable its product is. It gives me clarity. It allows me to better summarize my novel and its key points for whatever purpose and to be more articulate about its characters and their struggles.
It also helped me revise my query letter, which is also in its "final" form.
I have learned my lesson - for my next novel, I will start with the synopsis.