Love to write … hate to synopsize? You’ll have to stand in line behind me. I’m now at day ten in creating the perfect synopsis … just in case an agent or editor should request one. Here’s how I’m doing:
- I’ve filled my shredder twice.
- My brave and stalwart husband has taken refuge on the golf course.
- It’s dawned on me that there isn’t enough chocolate in the world to get me through this.
- Lily the Cat isn’t sure whether to comfort me or take to her bed.
- After ten days, I can identify only one good sentence.
- I think my hair is thinning.
Glory be, how a simple writing task can turn one into a simpering, sniveling child! But there is hope in the form of two books I can greatly recommend. The first is The Sell Your Novel Toolkit by Elizabeth Lyon. The second is Christopher Volger’s The Writer’s Journey.
I think that given enough time, some good instruction, a few glasses of wine, or at the very least, a strong antidepressant, and many, many hours experimenting with words and their effects, a reasonable synopsis will be born.
In the meantime, it’s off to my neighborhood Internet Cafe for another day of sobbing my woes into a Grande Latte and hoping for just one more lovely sentence.