Sep 23, 2010

Synopsis Writing Workshop

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, September 23, 2010
This is my follow up post to a previous blog "RWA Group Grant Success".

If you are like me, the thought of writing a synopsis will have you scrubbing the toilet in no time *grin*. To try and overcome this hatred of synopsis writing my writing group, WIKS, invited Denise Rossetti to present a 'synopsis writing workshop'.

Three intensive hours focussing on the dreaded synopsis. Wow. Denise covered a series of topics, including:
  • why write a synopsis
  • what to include in a synopsis
  • what to leave out
  • some examples
Of course, we were required to write elements of our own as we went along, and then swap with a neighbour or share with the group - nothing like pressure to make you perform *grin*.

We started with an elevator pitch, then we wrote the main emotional steps our hero and heroine take throughout their journey. From these points we started to develop our synopsis.

For me, some of the key points from the session were:
  • summary of the plot and a synopsis are very different
  • you can't overdo the emotion
  • do not hide the ending from the editor (no cliffhangers)
  • tell not show
  • language is your ally
Now I just have to put the theory into practice!


Shayne on September 23, 2010 at 8:17 AM said...

Hi Anita,
Good luck with the synopsis. You should be onto a winner with this one.


Anita Joy on September 23, 2010 at 9:09 AM said...

Thanks, Shayne. I've entered it into the Selling Synopsis comp, so I guess I'll find out .

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