Revision Boot Camp: Thanks and The Dreaded Synopsis

This has been an incredible week for me and for that little red book to your left. Before I turn it over to our drill sergeant, I just wanted to thank everyone again.  From my local writing club, to Absolute Write, to OWFI, Buzz Books and mostly THE READERS. You have truly changed my life. It isn’t about money as much as connecting. The characters really do come to life when YOU open up your mind to them. As a writer–sort of like a mom–I get all excited when my “babies” reach their potential. You are half of that process.

Thanks!  Back to the Drill Sergeant and Synopsis!

Go Time - Air Assault  MSG Christopher Thiel, 1999; Click to visit a full gallery of his work
Go Time – Air Assault
MSG Christopher Thiel, 1999; Click to visit a full gallery of his work

The synopsis is a daredevil recon mission into your book. It surveys the battlefield.

Think of writing this document as a reconnaissance mission into enemy territory. The opponent keeps vying for the agent or editor’s attention.

YOUR ASSIGNMENT is to do sort of a verbal flyover of your book–but do so without allowing the enemy to distract that agent. In other words, KEEP’EM RIVETED all the way through. It’s tough and you may want to run home to Mummy, but if you get through this–if you write a kickin’ synopsis–you will KNOW your book on a new level.

So GET STARTED, Sunflower. Tell me the story landscape of your book. Do it in just one page per 10,000 words of your novel.

And keep it tight. Mine my interest–or be damned if I get bored.

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