Friday, 17 July 2009
Coffee Break: Confusion and the Synopsis
Good morning, Novel Racers. I don’t know who’s on more of a ‘go slow’ this morning, my brain, or my computer, so apologies before I start. I have a selection of buttery croissants for you to enjoy with your teas and coffees, so please help yourself.
Something that I work on intermittently is my synopsis, and as several of you have recently finished your books, I thought I would ask how you go about writing one. I know there are many tips online and in the ‘How To’ books as to how these should be written, what they should contain, and how long they should be, but the problem for me is that most give you varying advice.
Some advice tells you to write approximately four pages, others say to keep the length to only one page. Some say that it should tell the entire story whilst others say they do not want to read the ending, although admittedly they are in the minority. How do you manage to fit 90,000 – 100,000 words into one, or even four pages? How can you describe the book, with its most important turning points, in so few words whilst still giving the reader an idea of your writing style?
All these points worry me as I rework my synopsis, and so my question to you today is, how do you plan and write something so important and representative of your book?
Posted by Deborah Carr (Debs) at 07:46