I thought translating an idea and characters into the first draft was hard but I have discovered writing a synopsis for your book is a writer’s version of Hell.
How do people do it and do it well? I was lulled into the belief I had my synopsis all wrapped up but my 15 page ramble of plot points is not a synopsis, it is an outline and I need to condense it to a page. Yes one page. I have lots of characters jostling to be heard, two threads of a plot; one in based in our reality while the other is in Ellfaen with Amber where she is trapped as well as backstory of the fantastical land. There is also Glenn’s fight to face his demons and try to guide her. My attempts so far are too long and I am unsure if they make any sense.
Links to help with synopsis writing
As usual I have sought help online. I thought I would share, in case you are facing the same dilemma.
If you have been through Hell and back, how did you tackle it? Any tips?
I am under pressure as time is ticking for our visitors arrival. WW is frantically cleaning and stressed while deadlines for this opportunity of a place on a writing course and the picture book competition are looming. As you can tell a tidy house is not priority for me. A bit of dust has never hurt anyone. I am consumed by the need to write but being on PC is not a recipe for happy marriage so I am limited to sneaky moments when no one is looking.
It is time for a cuppa and a break of the diet for at least a ginger nuts or two.
Nano hours: 13
Word count: 48,121 (somehow I have lost words on Scrivener – never a good sign)
I hope you all had a good Christmas and Father Christmas was kind. We had a quiet one with family and lots of food. Bailey’s thick cream is my downfall. The diet must start tomorrow if I want to fit into my favourite jeans. I was surprised and excited to find several writing themed gifts under the tree. These included:
A subscription to a writing magazine. Every month I can have a cup of tea while I catch up and learn this craft.
The subscription came free gifts too including 3 entries for competitions. Maybe this will encourage me to enter.
I Should be Writing by Murs Lafferty – a book review will be posted in the New Year
The Emotion Thesaurus; A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression
Notebooks galore including one to record the books I have read
Pencils (as a left-handed person I struggle with pens and their delightful habit of leaving a trail of smudge behind)
A metal pencil sharpener like the ones I remember from my school days sitting on the teacher’s desk
And finally J.K Rowling’s illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban as a reminder that writer’s dreams can come true if they believe in themselves. If I could have a teaspoonful of her imagination and success I will be happy.
The arrival of these gifts are not just about having tools to use but they are an acknowledgement from my family that writing is important to me and they are somewhat supportive of me, even if the whole idea of writing a book bewilders them. This means more than the gifts themselves.