Synopsis Writing – a slow, painful wearing away of the soul…

The other day I received an email from a literary agent requesting a one-page synopsis for my book. Suddenly my heart thumped visibly through my chest and beads of sweat adorned my forehead. Okay, I’m exaggerating, but if I were a cartoon it would totally happen!

 

A synopsis is basically a summary of a book, beginning to end, going over all the major plot points. Sounds easy? NO!! Because even after you widdle down three hundred pages of story, it has to fit on three pages double spaced.

It took me two weeks to write my three-page synopsis for Evergreen. All the while I felt like I wanted to crawl into a dark corner, eating my hair, screaming, “It’s not worth it!” Although, after all the frustration I managed to pull it off. Yay for me.

But now I have to cut it down even further! Why not just ask me to summarise my whole life story into one paragraph?!

As you can see by my blog, waffling comes easy to me. Dewaffling – not so much. Alas, it must be done. To quote Logan Huntzberger, “One, two, cha cha cha.”

Yet I’m still here, procrastinating with this blog when I should be working on that darn synopsis. I try to tell myself that once it’s done, it’s done… But then I remember I’ve almost finished Evergreen’s sequel, which means doing it all over again. (Insert bloodcurdling scream).

…..Who else is in the mood for Gilmore Girls all of a sudden?