In the writing world, writing the synopsis definitely gets a bad rap. Last month I asked you what you thought of when I mentioned writing a synopsis. Here's what you said:
No words, just a drawn out groan, Ugh
Stuffing my head under the pillow and crying
The Black Plague
So over the next few weeks, I want to demystify the process so that you're less afraid of it. Is the bunny picture helping?
So why is writing a synopsis tough? On his blog, Randy Ingermanson gave this explanation:
I’ll tell you why it’s hard. Because you just spent years of your life writing a novel, learning the craft of writing fiction, learning about Three Act Structure and Scenes and Sequels and MRUs and how to Show it, not Tell it, getting inside each POV character’s head in third person past tense, double-spaced and now . . .
Now somebody changed the rules on you. All the rules.
Randy's right. The rules are different, but they're actually pretty clear cut. We don't have to be afraid of writing the synopsis, we just have to learn the new rules.
So that's what we're going to look at in the next few posts.
So what is a synopsis? It's simply a tool we use to tell someone about our story in a few pages. As simple as that.