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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Synopsis? Yawn.

Who here has ever written a book report?

And who can say in all honesty that they really enjoyed writing said report?

*crickets chirping*

That's what I thought. Writing a synopsis is like writing a book report back in third grade. My favorite part of writing my book report on Ronald Reagan for Mrs. Neale's class? I got to draw his picture and bring in Jelly Bellies because they were his favorite candy. Since I don't write children's books there's no drawings and I don't know what an agent would do if I sent candy with a partial and synopsis.

I need to accomplish two things while this manuscript is curing. First, write a killer query. I think I have that. Second, write a jaw-dropping synopsis. I've got the first draft and started polishing, but it's not fun. It's not creative and I'm just not seeing the challenge in it.

I could test myself with the query, make it into a game. Just how does one sum up a novel in a one sentence hook? It took me a while, but I did it. But a synopsis? How do you make that fun? I know I need to interject voice, but I'm still not digging this part of the process.

Come on guys! Help a girl out here!