>Rather than espouse an actual opinion today, I thought maybe I could just focus on craft for a minute. I think we did this topic a while back, but sometimes things bear repeating. Besides, it’s my day, I’m tired, and this seemed like the perfect bear to tackle. Better than the huge snakes in my dreams. (I’ve got some HUGE kundalini issues apparently)
I’m in the middle of writing a synopsis for a proposal I’m doing. It’s the first time I’ve ever written a synopsis BEFORE the book was done. Let me say, I’m not a very happy camper at the moment. Synopses were hard enough to write AFTER I wrote the book, they’re almost impossible for me to write now because I’m a pantser. I don’t have a clue as to how this book is going to end.
Publish Postking some good!) I know EXACTLY how the hero finds out the heroine loves him.
Anyway, I’ve been struggling with this #$*^*# synopsis for a few days, and I’m sick of it. I know I have to have the turning points, and black moment outlined here, but I don’t think it’s quite that simple. It seems formulaic to me to put down, hero does X then heroine discovers Y. Granted, that’s oversimplifying things, but I think you get the picture.
I’ve been using Alicia Rasley’s Three Acts article as a guide. Alicia explains it well and it seems so simple, but it’s not. I do like her suggestion to do a list of things that the hero/heroine has to do making each action in succession harder to do. I’m punch happy today from lack of sleep, so I’m not even going to try and come up with examples. If you want those, read Alicia’s article. Still, I’m not sure it’s working for me. Maybe I’ve got this mental resistance to doing a synopsis. But then it’s how one sells a book in many cases, so I’m stuck between a rock and hard place.
So how easy is it for you to write a synopsis? When you write one and submit it to your editor, is the book done, started or only in your head? Inquiring minds want to know.