Today I think I'll address the elusive and ever-changing synopsis. For as long as I have been writing, I have labored over the proper synopsis. I have gone to many workshops, read tons of articles, and worked and reworked my own synopses until I can honestly say, I still do not understand what makes a good synopsis a great one. Here is my dilemma - some want them 10 pages, others want 5 pages, and some are asking for 1-3 page synopses. So, how do you trim your story to meet these ever changing requirements?
I believe the hardest thing for a writer to do is to whittle down a story to just a few pages. In those few pages, we must include a brief character sketch with evidence of a character arc, the basic plot making sure to include the development of the romance, and of course include such information as type and length of novel. I know I am leaving out several other key pieces but this is where the issue gets sticky - how does one take a 400 page novel and reduce it to such mean lengths?
So, tonight, that is my job - take several of my novels and create the most compelling synopses imaginable to entice others to want to buy my books. I have a deadline here - Feb 1 for my first contest, so I must work quickly and efficiently.
Wish me luck and, if you have any advice, I'll take it!