Monday, July 9, 2012

In Which I Whine A Bit, Then Get To Work

So I spent part of yesterday writing a (nother) synopsis for Break Free. Yes I already had one. A 5 page one. And yes, I liked it. But I needed a 1-2 page one.

Good god I hate synopses with an all burning passion. It took me forever just to write a 5 page one.

I mean, it shouldn't be so hard. Logically, I should just be able to list out the top 6 or so major plot points of the novel, then dedicate a paragraph or so to each. But I reach the end and I realize the end really doesn't make sense unless I cover another plot point. And that plot point doesn't make sense unless I include this entire character and before you know it, I've rewritten the whole novel.

Ugh. I don't understand how query writing can come so easy to me, but synopsis writing? Pshaa.

Anyway, that's my rant for this month. No worries, really. I whined and bitched and moaned, but then I put my head down and worked hard and got it pumped out.

Which is something to remember. I'll listen to anyone's complaints at any time, if, at the end of things, you get working. Because the only way we're going to get there is by doing just that.

Deal? Deal.

10 comments:

Maria Zannini said...

I don't mind synopses so much, but I have a suspicious feeling most agents and editors don't read them anyway, so why bother.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The synopsis for the back of the book kills me.

Hart Johnson said...

Hey, you're one up on me. I can't write synopses OR queries! I just have such a hard time getting to the point quite that fast! i think though, since queries are really just teasers, they are an easier skill to learn. Synopses are like a brand new fresh thing every time.

Teebore said...

I will take writing synopses over queries any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Queries always make me feel like my book is deeply flawed (and maybe that's because it is), so I don't like them. And maybe I enjoy synopses because I've read so many Marvel handbook entries through the years...

Like Hannah and I have always said: you write our queries, we'll write your synopses.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

The dreaded synopsis is the mind killer. Good luck in getting yours on paper. Mine made me want to strangle myself.

Johanna Garth said...

Synopsis bring me to my knees and there are always tears involved!

Jamie Gibbs said...

I don't get on so well with condensing things down, so more power to you.

Ha, I play hard too (read: play Skyrim)

DL Hammons said...

How funny! I just finished reading a guest post by Elana Johnson about whining! :)

Jay Noel said...

Synopses of any kind just screw me up. Messes with my head. Even just a little blurb for the back cover or whatnot. My brain goes numb!!!

Good job gettin' it done.

Lola Sharp said...

I am proud of you for buckling down and getting it done. Every time we have to struggle with something we find difficult, we learn.

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