Friday, May 27, 2011

Writing a Solid Synopsis



This is the energy he puts into everything he does and says.
Did you know today was International Buy Bey Blades Day? It is according to my four year old. He told me very earnestly that his teacher told him so and she's always right.

I laughed (because he doesn't go to pre-school and thus has no teacher) and he did that cute four year old thing where they open their eyes wide, raise their eyebrows and nod their heads. "No, really mom. I'm serious."

"I know you're serious."

"Then stop laughing."

"I'm just happy C."

"Ok, so can I get a new Bey?"

That has been his only question all week.

*****

Ok, now on to writing related topics. With my query under control (sort of), I looked at my synopsis again. Wow! It stinks.  I give it a 2 Tails Up for its insipid listing.
How am I supposed to cram 300 pages of story into 1-2 pages single spaced? And make it sound interesting?

Carefully? Um, yeah. I'm really struggling with writing a solid and interesting synopsis, but I've set a goal to work on it again this coming week. 

Yesterday I filled in the Star Wars Template (bottom of list) and now I just have to put it all together and add the connective "stuff".

So, here's my question for you: How do you keep the voice in your synopsis while obeying "the rules"?


Here are some links that will be helpful:

For the Synopsis-writing Challenged--that would be me. This post gives four different ways that you can approach writing the synopsis.

How to Write a Good Synopsis--a little more vague, but still has good points to think about.

Mastering the Dreaded Synopsis--This posts contains a lot of the basic "rules" if you will.

How to Write a Synopsis--by Marg Gilks. This one talks about how to make it exciting. "I used to hate them because the ones I wrote sucked all the life from the novel, reducing it to bare-bones sentences that did nothing to capture the depth of the novel itself." He goes on to talk about how we can infuse those bones with some excitement.

How to Write a 1 page Synopsis (Star Wars Template)--Uses Star Wars as an example. This was great because it give you a question, you see an example answer, and then you just fill in with your story. 

And my final question: How do you feel about posting your synopsis on your Blog? I've been thinking about doing it so I can get all of your wonderful help and input, but I feel like it is too much of a spoiler. And I agree with the Doctor on spoilers.

No Spoilers (whenever possible)!