Oh, No! (Gasp) – The Synopsis Approaches
Yes, my writerly friends and family, it is the bane of my existence…the dreaded synopsis.
Yet, it isn’t the actual writing of the synopsis that seems so dastardly. It is the frustration that the format of a synopsis is like a contemporary painting…open to interpretation. For an industry that in other areas is so regimented, why is the style and length of the synopsis so varied from agent to agent…and publisher to publisher? Why can’t they all just get along?
Recently, I lamented this frustration to a new writer friend, Teresa Frohock. I discovered her blog while searching for critiquing ideas. I have enjoyed her humor and insight, and especially her “lunch hour links”. After researching this topic, today she has posted a great blog on writing the novel synopsis.
Thank you for the topic, Teresa! (Sigh) Now I have to haul out my synopsis, which originally began life at a whooping 10 pages. After much sweat and tears, I’ve managed to massage it down to 6 pages. As it’s written, I’ll never get it any shorter. So, Teresa, I am going to use the technique you mentioned, and rewrite it in three Acts.
Those who know me personally, know that I love movies…and I love to quote them. As a new blogger, I think I’ll continue to spout off my favorite quotes as I come across them. Teresa, you now have the distinct honor of being my first quotee! Here’s my favorite line from the post writing the novel synopsis:
“Well! many authors exclaim, how can that silly agent-person possibly experience the greatness of my novel with one lousy page?”
Boy, isn’t that the truth?! Not the silly agent part, but the part about the greatness within us. Isn’t that what we want?! We want someone to come along…and even through the rough edges…can see that spark of greatness withinus. And the thought that we have to convey that latent spark in under 300 words – is terrifying!
Lynda Gail Alfano