Essays

Repost: Two Kinds of Writers in the World

Are you an hobbyist or a professional writer?

Good question! I never seriously thought about it much until I self-published Berserker and began to consider where my writing future would lead once the book was completed. But it’s an essential question to answer in order to set up your writing goals, as well as to establish reasonable expectations for your work. 

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Essays

The Synopsis: Tackling the Beast

Years after my first tries, I’ve finally written a synopsis for The Purple Morrow I actually like.

I remember the first time I had to write one. It was around 2011 or 2012. I was terrified. Every resource I looked at warned that writing a synopsis was the single most unpleasant, difficult thing a writer would ever have to do.

And it was.

Depending on the agent or publisher, I had to write several variations. Some wanted a synopsis of not more than one page, others wanted as many as 7. It was a nightmare! Trying to figure out how to pare down a full-length story into a few pages seemed impossible. At the time, I was so close to the story and so passionate about it, I couldn’t tell what was essential (or not) in order for someone to understand the story’s plot and subplots in so few words. To me, everything was important.

Looking back on what I had written…well, I can only shake my head.

 

Head in Hands

 

Like any piece we write, putting it away for a while before tweaking it is always recommended. I’m not saying you should wait 7 years between drafts like I did. I just know that’s how long it took me to get enough emotional and psychological distance from the story to try again more successfully.

Though I still love the story and the characters, I’m not as close to the manuscript as before. Also, I’ve written a lot since then, both fiction and non-fiction, which made it easier to craft the synopsis this time around. Lastly, finishing the triology was a big help, as it enabled me to see the whole plot in my head and therefore better discern where I had left out necessary information or hadn’t properly connected the dots. 

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Will this version gain me an agent? I have no idea. I’d like to hope so. But even if it doesn’t, I can say that I tackled this beast and completed it to my satisfaction. And move on.

What are your experiences with writing a synopsis? Do you have any tips or advice to share?