Tuesday, October 27, 2009
And We're Back There Again
Back where we always must go.
To the dreaded synopsis.
That horrifying place where good writing goes bad. Really, really bad.
Sadly, writing the dreaded synopsis is part of every author's journey. Whether your pre-published, just published or multi-published, you've got to be able to write a thorough summary of your story. This summary must encompass all major plot points, the faith element (if you're writing Christian fiction), the character development, the romantic themes.....
I could go on, but that would be about as boring as writing the synopsis actually is.
But so useful (and there is not even a hint of sarcasm in those words).
Writing a synopsis allows the author and editor to see whether or not the story will actually work. As painful as the process is, it always leaves me understanding my characters and my plot in a way I would not have if I had simply jumped into the story.
To begin writing a synopsis, I first write character sketches for my heroine and my hero. This includes everything about their past, their current situation and the catalyst that will bring them together.
If you're delving into synopsis writing, I'd suggest beginning there, with your characters.
So, on my agenda for the night - character sketches for the hero and heroine in my third Heroes for Hire book.
I may pull out character sketches from previous books and post them here next.