Friday, July 29, 2011

the dreaded synopsis

It's that time again, time to write another one of those dreaded synopses. Blech.
But this time one of my critique partners has given me some tips.
Here they are:
  • Start with a short blurb that grabs the reader. This is for the editor, to give him/her a sense of the book. It needs to be a kick-ass elevator pitch, not boring.
  • then describe/show/explain:
    • the protagonist(s)
    • the inciting incident
    • the setting
    • the protag's goal and motivation
    • the major conflict
    • the major turning points
    • the climax
    • the ending/validation

Thanks, Rebecca! I'll give it try. Does anyone else have any tips on this?

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