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Synopsisizing

I know that’s not a word. But, I have to share an accomplishment and a new dread. Creativity - copyright 123rf profile Veeranat Suwangulrut

First, the accomplishment: The never ending novel is edited! I decided to take some time and just work my little buttocks off and finish it up and I did! It actually wasn’t quite as much work as I was anticipating. So… bully for me! Yay!

Second, the dread: I have to write a synopsis. Everywhere I turn says this is a tough prospect. It actually wouldn’t be all that hard – heck, I’d be done already – if there were more clear-cut rules on writing a synopsis. Apparently, there are two schools of thought on this subject:

A. Write a synopsis that is cliff-hangery and exciting and shows off your mad writing skillz (with a z.)

B. Write a synopsis that is a dry list of all the major plot points and character arcs.

Honestly, I can do “B” because I already have that. It’s what I’ve been working off of as I write. I’m not a big drafter, so that’s pretty much all I lay out before I write a book. But, come on. Boooooring to read. Like super boring. Mega boring. don’t even want to read that again.

So, here I am, trying to take a super dry list of what happens in my book and shove it into two pages, while keeping it interesting and indicative of my writing style. Wait, did you hear screaming in despair? No… that didn’t come from me… did it?

Just kidding folks. It’s not all doom and gloom. It’s just a new skill that I have yet to master. Like my exercise instructor says, it’s a new challenge. So far, I have found these links the most useful:

The Editors Blog

MarissaMeyer.com

I’m still trying to find some good examples of completed synopses. There are a lot out there or movies and TV shows, but it appears that they are a bit harder to find when it comes to books. Does anyone have advice here? I’m sure I just haven’t searched deeply enough, but I’m being lazy. Any advice or ideas are welcome.

Okay, back to the salt mines with me! Cheerio, friends and writers!

02/02/15 Update: I asked for some advice from the good folks at Ditch Diggers and the hosts, Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace gave great advice and the guests Kameron Hurley and Chuck Wendig also gave some fantastic advice. This is NOT a clean podcast, but I really appreciated the tips and info they shared. Here’s the link.  (They synopsis tips start at around 1 hr 10 mins – right around when Chuck Wendig says “The synopsis is always a cruel lie.”)

Summertime Editing

I haven’t been blogging, but I have been busy.  So, I finished the edits on my book – Hunting Annabelle.  I can’t remember if I’ve said the name of my book before.  Anyway, I have the book to beta readers and am making a list of agents/editors I think would be a good match.  Now I just have to figure out how to write a good query letter that will do my book justice.

Have you noticed how hard it is to reduce the work of over a year into a paragraph or two?  It’s pretty tough.  I want to give the feel of the book without saying too many words.  Kinda hard.  But I understand the need.  If I was an agent or editor, I would hate receiving a million submissions of full manuscripts or just the first couple of chapters with no info on where the story goes from there.

Anywho, I also moved.  So, now the husb, the pup and I all live in a house that we love.  It has amazing door chimes which the pup can set off just by barking.  Pretty impressive.

He only looks innocent

He only looks innocent

During my move I found my old journals from age 8 or 9 to around 15.  There’s some of my old poetry and Fear Street fan fic in there.  Yes.  That happened.  Good ol’ R.L. Stine.

Should be renamed crack cocaine for kids.  I LOVED the Fear Street saga.  And wrote sooooooo much fan fic.  So much.  God help me.

Should be renamed crack cocaine for kids. I LOVED the Fear Street saga. And wrote sooooooo much bad fan fic. So much.

I recently got involved with a critique group, which I’m really enjoying.  It’s three other ladies who write in a variety of genres.  I get such great diversity from them, which translates to excellent suggestions and help with my manuscript.

One thing I have learned through this process is that I don’t love criticism.  But, if I swallow whatever retort I have on the tip of my tongue and give it a couple of days, usually there’s something in the comments that is super helpful.  I know the criticism is given from a good place – there’s no nastiness or anything.  It’s just me, wanting to be perfect the first time around.

That’s all of my rambling for now.  Look forward to more soon!

Random comment:

Okay, when I was looking for pics of the Fear Street Saga, I remembered a story from my childhood that involves R.L. Stine’s other series: Goosebumps.  Here’s the deal: My family went on vacation out by Yosemite National Park. There’s a ton of waterfalls and little wading pools out there that have huge signs that say something like: “Last year a 143 people drowned here. DON’T GO INTO THE WATERFALL IF YOU VALUE YOUR LIFE!!!!”

Long story short, I touched the water, decided it was too cold, and laid out in the sun, reading a book called A Night in Terror Tower.  I was engrossed when suddenly I heard shouting.  I looked up to find that my big brother had fallen into the deadly waterfall.  All I could think was that my brother was going to die and I was already completely terrified because of the book.  I couldn’t dredge up more adrenaline and fear for my dear not-yet departed bro.

Luckily, my brother was fished out of the pool above the waterfall in time.  He got hugged and scolded and fawned over.  I went back to my book.  That’s the kind of callous b***h I was.  I think he was kind of relieved that I didn’t freak out over his safe return to the world above water.  He was irritated by the attention at the time anyway.

So, here’s the book that grabbed me so completely I had trouble feeling empathy for my brother’s plight.

It looks so cheesy I'm afraid to reread it. I think it'd make me feel even more guilty...

It looks so cheesy I’m afraid to reread it. I think it’d make me feel even more guilty…

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