Synopsis Elements

January 21, 2009

I’m not sure where I got this information, I know it was from a workshop on the net.

I thought it might help you when you have to sit down and write that damn synopsis.

Before writing answer the following questions concisely.

1.      Who is the hero? (Why is he interesting?)

2.      What does the hero want? (External and internal goals)

3.      The door opens. (The hero meets the problem)

4.      The hero takes control. (After walking through the open door the protag takes control of the situation and experiences the illusion of early success.)

5.      A monkey wrench is thrown. (A screw-up happens. A new threat arises. A new character enters. Complications develop.)

6.      Things fall apart. (Bad things happen. Protag realizes that they are of his own making. Characters get a set of choices/decisions and try to find another way out without facing their fears and still getting it wrong.) List as many ways as you can think of for things to go wrong then condense into one sentence.

7.      Hero hits bottom. (Moment of truth) Time is running out. Hero is at the end of the line. Hero must choose. Character’s black moment.

8.      The hero risks all. (Finally gets it right)

9.      What does the hero get? (Reward)

Writing the synopsis.

1.      Open with hook. (High concept blurb.)

2.      Tell who hero is, what they want and why they want it.

3.      The door opens.

4.      Hero takes control.

5.      Monkey wrench.

6.      Things fall apart.

7.      Hero hits bottom.

8.      Hero risks all.

9.      What does the hero get?



Sites Worth Visiting

January 17, 2009

I know it has been awhile since I last posted anything on here, I had all good intentions of blogging at least once a week, but then life stepped in, never mind I’m back now. So here are a list of sites that I find worth visiting.

The Blood Red Pencil     Query Shark     Pub Rants     Paperback Writer     

Hear Write Now      Editorial Ass     Nathan Bransford     Knight Agency

Agent In The Middle     Jennifer Jackson     Morgan Mandel     Evil Editor

Worderella Writes     Reading Under The Covers     Agent Query

Backspace – The Writer’s Place     Book Ends, LLC – A Literary Agencey

Miss Snark     Writers Beware     Preditor’s & Editors     Guide to Literary Agents                                                            

I hope you find some of these sites of use to you with your writing.