Committing Suicide with an Electric Oven

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You can’t commit suicide with an electric oven. The oven rack will just put more lines on your face and the heat will frizz your hair.

No matter how painful writing a query, pitch or synopsis is, a person has to trudge through it and not take the coward’s way out.

Soooo, exactly how does a person create one of these mythical beasts? Danged if I know, but I am determined to have a 750-word synopsis by the end of the week.

So far, I have determined we have to make a list of all our main characters.

Then a list of plot points.

Then a list of turning points.

Then make it sound like the back of a book jacket.

This is currently 1,571 very sloppy words.

Perhaps this afternoon I will have it pared down a bit and proofread it. This is straight from the demented mind so I’m sure there are lots of stupid typos and mistakes. (Like the one I almost made just now spelling stakes steaks. Must have food on my mind.)

http://nathanbransford.blogspot.com/2007/08/how-to-write-synopsis.html

Nathan Bransford on writing a synopsis.

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  1. jjdebenedictis

    I sorted out a way to write reasonable synopses in this post on my blog. I don’t claim to be an expert, mind you.

    Good luck with it!

  2. Julie Weathers

    Thanks. I popped over there and read it. That helps.

    Barbara said she would be satisfied with major plot points, characters and the ending for the workshop. Hopefully, by the time I finish the course I will be able to craft a decent query and synopsis.

    In the mean time I will continue along the lines you suggested.

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