If you thought writing was hard, try condensing a 95k+ novel into a 400 word synopsis….
Can you say ‘pain in the ass’? … or as my pal Sartre might have said, ‘Ça me fait chier’….
Anyway, I’ve been toying with the idea of submitting my work for a competition, and of course, they require a synopsis of the whole novel to go along with the sample.
Being a researcher by day, I immediately set to googling ‘How to write a synopsis.’ Lots of options here, here, and here, but none that were remotely helpful to me…I think my buddy, MJ Griffor, over at Novels from the ground up and I stumbled upon the same sites ‘cos she (he?) mentioned some of the same frustrations I found in their fantastic post, Writing the Dreaded Synopsis. Check it out for a great breakdown on how to go about writing one, and a great look at a chapter-by-chapter process for the same, which I intend to start applying on my own.
I know what a proper synopsis is supposed to look like, what I need is a mad libs-style template where I can just pop in character names, plot points etc and it will just spit one out for me….
Any chance those exists?
So aside from being a sad panda over the whole synopsis thing, I also spent the last two days hacking and chopping at my submission; there’s a 5000 word limit, and my original piece was over 7000 words.
Consequently, I now want to rip my hair out. But I did manage to get it down to the limit, and will now devote my time (and sanity) to getting the 400 word synopsis done….