STILL working on my TOR submission. I think I’ve written and rewritten this thing a hundred times! Why is it so much easier to write a novel than it is to write a synopsis. There is so much conflicting information out there on how to write one but the general consensus seems to be that it should be short. Then why do they want 3-10 pages? And if I’m supposed to make it straight and to the point, how do I still make it interesting enough for them to want to keep reading? Hopefully I can get it polished enough to send it before I die!!! I’ll get it eventually.
Having written a novel I couldn’t even begin to imagine how difficult writing a synopsis would be. It’s like building an empire and trying to describe it in a sentence. I’ve worked for the past two days on a synopsis for a submission to TOR and I tell ya, it’s probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. I’ve found some good sites with good tips and pointers. And some with good explanations of how a synopsis should be written. It all comes down to the craft itself, for me. I’m a creative writer, I write fiction. A synopsis is fact. Writing a synopsis requires you to strip all your creativity and simplify your novel down to the bare-bones facts without sound dull or boring. Sounds easy, right? Not so much. I found that my creativity tends to get in the way of writing a summarized report. Unfortunately, for those of you out there like me, who are trying to get started in this business, a synopsis is critical to a good submission. I wish you all the best, and if you have other good sites for writing synopses that you would like to share, please leave a comment and a link. Till next time!