April 25, 2014
I am all about research. As an analyst/project manager, I research, resolve and plan things for a living. So when I learned that most publishers won’t even consider reading your novel until they’ve read the synopsis, I did what every writer who wants to be published should do. I Googled samples of synopsis and try to understand a few things:
The problem is, some samples encourage actual quotes from your novel and some deter you from that. Which direction should I go? Now I’m reciting The Road Less Traveled by Robert Frost. I’m digressing.
I was smart enough to do a biography of the characters and I jotted a few things that SHOULD happen, MIGHT happen and CAN happen. Other than that, I found myself facing a blank screen on my laptop with the television in the background…watching me.
‘I bet we’ve been together for a million years, and I bet we’ll be together for a million more…’ Oooh, that’s the theme song from Family Ties, one of my favorite shows blasting on the television. Well, that’s a classic. I better watch for 30 minutes. Besides, I’ve developed a migraine just thinking about how to summarize a 94,000+ words novel on 2 pages. Oh yes, I’ve decided, my synopsis will only be 2 pages. Okay, maybe 2.5.
I’m happy to say, I did manage to put a rough draft together and sent it to my editor. I’m not proud of it yet. It’s not even at the point where I can share it. But I promise I will share the before, the version with my editor’s feedback and the revised version. Really, I will. I think it’s important for new and upcoming writers to find some sort of joy in this painful experience of mine.
Happy Writing All!