Cruising through Twitter yesterday led me to a great blog post by Roni Loren called “The (Not So) Dreaded Synopsis – 5 Tips To Set You Free.” As soon as I read “I know I’m not the only one who queried the agents who didn’t require a synopsis first just so I could avoid writing the damn thing,” I knew I’d found a soulmate. Solidarity, sister!
Loren said she discovered that writing the synopsis before the book made everything easier. That using the basics you have in your head for a book idea to write up a short synopsis is way easier than trying to cull down every little detail in a 100k book.
*Smacks self in forehead.*
I sure wish I had thought of that earlier. I’m struggling now to write a synopsis that doesn’t suck the life out of my manuscript, and it’s not easy. I’m definitely going to try this next time.
Loren’s 5 tips are:
1. Try writing it before you write your story–even if you’re a pantser.
2. Set aside a paragraph each for your two (or three) main characters at the beginning and fill in their backstory.
3. Don’t worry about subplots and all your secondary characters.
4. Don’t lose your voice.
5. Get in and get out.
To read the full post, head on over to Loren’s blog at http://fictiongroupie.blogspot.com/. You’ll be glad you did!