Monday, April 22, 2013
S: Synopsis ....
I think that picture just about sums it up .... :)
Ok, writing a synopsis isn't so bad -- once you get into it, and figure out what your doing, and convince yourself that it's OK not to explain the sub plots, and make yourself deal with how dry it all sounds, and give in to the reality that you have to give up the ending, and somehow make your creative-self condense 200 pages into 2 pages .... other than that, it's a breeze!
I received so much advice about writing a synopsis when I sent out a "help me" call to all my writing people. So I'm going to share a bit here - just like I did on my query post!
Take each chapter and writing down in 1-2 sentences exactly what that chapter is about. Then put those few sentences all together. Then fill in pieces to make it flow smoothly and tada - you have your synopsis. (trust me, this is easier said than done but it can actually really simplify the process super fast! I highly recommend starting here.)
Forget the sub plot - agents want to know the up front plot involving only main characters
Only name the main characters, or anyone who is VITAL to the main plot line
Be sure to tell the ending! A synopsis cannot have a cliff hanger ending - they want to know it all
Do Not make the synopsis read "and then ..... and then ...."
Imagine your friend came into a movie 5 minutes from the end and you have to do a super fast sum-up for them before the big finale, that's how your story should read. (Exciting, energetic, but straight forward story-line in as few words as possible)
If the synopsis request is for 1-2 pages, you may single space it. If the request is for more pages, then double space them.
ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS check the submission guidelines to see if they specify how they want the synopsis formatted!
Well that's how it worked for me. I wrote, rewrote, cried, and rewrote again my synopsis. But I got it done, I got it into 2 pages, and I sent if off. So here's to hoping! And good luck to you too!