Tuesday, May 16, 2006

To sum it all up

There is a loathsome term in the writer's vocabulary. It is "synopsis." Sometimes called the "dreaded synopsis." In fact, it is the loathsome and feared synopsis.

It's only a summary of the story. The highlights. Written in present tense. Easy, right? *snort*
I have synopsis envy. That deep jealousy that stems from other authors who can whip those babies right out. Because me? Not so much. Okay. Not really at all. It takes a lot of work for me to sit down and condense my story. I would rather write non-stop for eight hours. Eight days. Eight weeks.
I'm afraid I'll forget something. Or turn the agent off. Or completely screw something up.
That's what I'm working on today. And finishing this weekend.
For me...it is just...So. Damn. Hard.

Wish me luck.


Lyvvie said...

Oh, have you clicked over to The Evil Editor?? He's, well and editor, and what he does on his blog is correct really bad query letters (which contain a synopsis) and he rewrites them into something he'd rather read.

It's right up your alley, I think. Plus, if you submit to him directly, he'll red pen you on his blog. I don't know how much you like a little public humilation, but it may help lots of other folks, too.

give it a try.

Tori Lennox said...

Good luck! Synopses are the bane of every writer's existence, I think. :)

Rene said...

I like writing synopsis. I also like root canals without novacaine and watching "Barney" for hours on end. LOL

Michelle said...

I hate synopses. I can only write them when the book is finished. Asking me to know what the book is about before I finish it is asking for trouble!