“Artists are people who are not at all interested in the facts—only in the truth. You get the facts from outside. The truth you get from inside.” --Ursula K. LeGuin

Saturday, September 14, 2013

5 Steps to Writing a Synopsis

  1. Start with a Hook, a paragraph or two similar to the blurb on the back of a book.
  2.  Introduce the characters, tell of MOTIVATION, CONFLICT and GOALS. At this point stay away from physical descriptions unless this information is pertinent to your story.
  3. Body of Synopsis: Here using paragraphs, write the high points of your story in chronological order. Include ACTION, REACTION and a DECISION.
  4.  Use three or four paragraphs to write the CRISIS and RESOLUTION of your story.  Keep it simple, do not keep your editor or agent guessing.
  5.  Rewrite. Write in present tense using verbs and adjectives. Make every word count.