The last few days have been hectic for me. I had to finish some edits for my holiday release, and then I was trying to write a partial and synopsis for something else.
Synopsis. The dreaded Synopsis.
I can’t even function now. I don’t know what it is about writing a five page summary of a book that kills me, when I know exactly what happens and what needs to be said. But it makes me so miserable every time!
My only recourse is to hopefully save some of my fellow writers some time and heartache by sharing these two resources that were recommended by members of my RWA Chapter and which have really helped me:
This query letter and synopsis package is available from Lisa Gardner for free, and I thought it was fantastic. Halfway down this page on her website, it’s called Conquering the Dreaded Synopsis: A Series of Ten Lectures (She also has a ton of other great resources available for writers and you should take a look around.)
There’s also this article by Joan Leacott, called The Unrejected Synopsis. It focuses on writing synopses for contest entries, but it’s wonderful reading and has some really good tips for synopsis writing in general.
I shall now go and lick my wounds.