Hope everyone’s enjoyed the first few days of spring. >>
Today I’ll finish this free seminar with more tips onwriting a synopsis.>>
I’ll begin with something related to a question Darcy postedand that’s when should you write a synopsis. Like everything writing related Idon’t think there are ‘rules’. It’s up to you. Sometimes I don’t write oneuntil after I’ve typed the period at the very end of the story. Other times I’llhave a very detailed one written before I sit down to write the first word. Idon’t think one way is any easier than the other and a lot depends on you andhow you like to write. However, there are some exceptions->>
The Story is long orhas Suspense or Mystery Elements>>
If you write stories in 70,000 word range, romanticsuspense, or one with lots of characters etc., than I think it’s wiser to writethe synopsis first so you can keep track of plot lines and who’s were, who’sbeen killed, set out clues etc.>>
You Get Easily Lost>>
Some writers think they have the whole story worked out butsuddenly they don’t know where it’s going or where the characters are goingnext and things come to a screaming halt. Some manuscripts even fall by thewayside so having a synopsis can help if you’re that sort of writer, or if youwork on a story that has you scratching your head about what to do next.>>
And one thing I suggest in the synopsis workshop I teach isputting together an outline which can help with both the story and thesynopsis. Don’t give it too much thought but just write down everything youknow about your story and take it from there.>>
A final thing I suggest is to make a template so you canjust type in the information with each story you create.>>
Synopsis for (title of manuscript)>>
Author name>>
Pen name (if any)>>
Contact information (always include this here as well asyour cover letter…you’d be surprised how often things get lost)>>
Genre and sub-genre>>
Time Period>>
Sensuality Level (optional)>>
Word Count>>
It makes it easy for you and easy on the eyes for the personwho’s reading it, be it an editor or an agent. And you’ll see that I alsoinclude a tagline and blurb. Most writers have to come up with their own onesthese days so I figure you might as well include them with the synopsis to helpsell your story. >>
Formatting yourSynopsis>>
One last tip I have is to make sure that you have a spacebetween each paragraph in your synopsis. As these are single spaced, the shortbreaks make it easier on the reader’s eye. It also helps you proofread. Fontsize- I stick with 12 point and as there is no fast and hard rule on font typeI go with the most generic which seems to be Times Roman.>>
Well, that’s about it for my formal posts. I hope you’veenjoyed this free seminar and that it’s been helpful in some way. Next weekI’ll be taking questions. Next Friday (March 29th) I’ll be selectingthe winners of the two giveaways. One winner will win a copy of my e-book Howto Write A Romance Novel. Another person a critique of their synopsis. All youneed to do is leave a comment telling me which one you’d like to win and whyand I’ll select two winners. Deadline is Thursday March 28th atMidnight Eastern.>>
Have a good weekend.>>