Monday, January 23, 2006

Syn Ten

Ten Things about Synopses

1. Vivian Teresa Beck's Me Write a Synopsis?.

2. Mia Crews's Writing a Selling Synopsis.

3. Del Rey's How to Write a Synopsis: FAQ.

4. Fiction Writers Connection Writing a Novel Synopsis.

5. Lisa Gardener's .pdf file for her lecture on Conquering the Dreaded Synopsis is available here.

6. Dr. Vickie Hinze's Synopsis vs. Outline.

7. Sheila Kelly's Writing the Novel Synopsis (hey, that name looks familiar...)

8. Lee Masterson's Mastering the Dreaded Synopsis -- Condensing Your Novel.

9. Mary Rosenblum's The Novel Synopsis -- Just What Is It?.

10. Robbert J. Sawyer's Outlines and Synopses page has examples of both.

12 comments:

  1. Want to observe sample synopses observed in the wild? Check out Snark's 100.

    Many of them were skinned for your enjoyment.

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  2. Oh good. A post I can refer to in a week or two when the WIP is finally done being revised.

    Now if only someone could write my opening hook for me, I'll be golden!

    I hate feeling like the first three paragraphs of the first chapter will make or break any chance I have of selling a year's worth of work. Ah well.

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  3. Um, my Muse didn't drop by and ask you to post this to prod me to get to work on my synopsis, did she?

    (If she did, I need to find a stronger cage to lock her in - she keeps getting out and harrassing me!)

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  4. How very timely. With this and Miss Snark's flaying of 100 willing victims, I'm going to be set when it comes time.

    Hey, I should create a PBW Top Ten Top Tens list.

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  5. Wonderful -- thank you. Now, please, in the future, read my mind a day in advance ;o)

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  6. Bill wrote: Want to observe sample synopses observed in the wild?

    Good link, but oy, painful to read.

    Stephanie wrote: Now if only someone could write my opening hook for me, I'll be golden!

    War stallion got my attention over at your blog. We like war stallions around here. :)

    Andi wrote: Um, my Muse didn't drop by and ask you to post this to prod me to get to work on my synopsis, did she?

    That bitch would not leave my house until I did. Does she always guzzle coffee like that?

    Dean wrote: Hey, I should create a PBW Top Ten Top Tens list.

    If you want to thrill a bunch of reviewers, make it a memorial post.

    Doug wrote: Wonderful -- thank you. Now, please, in the future, read my mind a day in advance

    I already do. I just e-mail your wife with the details. (ducking)

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  7. Lisa Garner's workshop is fab. I've used it repeatedly.

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  8. Hm. How to work war stallion into the first sentence.....

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  9. Whoa! Is the page supposed to look like that?

    I'm using Firefox, and I can barely see the text in the entries.

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  10. PJ wrote: Whoa! Is the page supposed to look like that?

    I'm using Firefox, and I can barely see the text in the entries.


    If you mean PBW, I checked the blog on Firefox and it shows up clear on my monitor. It may be that your Fonts & Colors option is using your preferences rather than what I have set up for the page. You can get more info from Firefox Help under Options.

    Or do you mean one of the links from the ten list?

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  11. Breaking out in hives as I look around. :-/

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