Did I mention that NaNoWriMo is coming up? Of course I did.

October is more than halfway over, which is something that I am still marveling at. October is more than halfway over, how did this happen? How are things moving so quickly?

And this is tuesday.

I have had a pretty crazy week. I also lost track of time, again. Why did I not post last week? Well… I started a post, I actually started multiple posts, but none of them made it onto the site. Also, I have been writing synopses. They are finicky, fickle, little monsters that slip in between my fingers.

The week… well… I have also been trying to prepare for NaNoWriMo. How many ways can you prepare?

Honestly, I think most of it is the half-dread half crazy-excitment state of wondering if I have enough of a plot for my story and whether or not I should aim for a crazy word goal.

Which brings me back to plotting…

I never used to plot. I would write down a few things and go from there, but now it seems as though I am plotting much more. As I mentioned in my post about plotting, everyone has their own opinion and their own methods. I am lazy. Or maybe I simply think better when I am actually writing and not trying to decide what to write. I will take the second one.

Enough about me…

Let’s move onto something more interesting shall we?

Synopses.

Sometimes they come together and sometimes they sit around and glower with their feet in a jar of peanut butter.

Alright, I will try my best to be serious but I cannot promise anything.

What is the reason for a synopsis?

A synopsis is the introduction to a story, it is a glimpse into what will happen and what questions will be asked without giving everything away. A good synopsis will hook your reader just… like… that.

So, what does a good synopsis need?

  • An introduction. For example: Where is the story set? Who is the main character? What are they struggling with? How will something in the story help or hinder them? What are their goals?
  • An element of fear or mystery. For example: The MC is being chased, in order to find the magical object that will save them and their city they must contend with the beast on top of the mountain ect. A murder is in town, but no one knows who it is.
  • A hook. This is the hardest one. A hook is often a small thing; it is the word or phrase that will become associated with a book. For instance: nothing is as it seems. Or perhaps the villain is closer than anyone thinks and is actually watching you right now. The hook is the thing that people will read the book to learn. Who actually killed Mrs. Daffodil on 23 Souch Boulevard?

The synopsis is a balance between telling someone enough to get them interested, but not telling them so much that they do not have a reason to read the book.

It is pretty simple… right?

Sometimes.

If I was going to offer any sort of advice from my amateur state about writing a synopsis it would be this: start with an idea and rewrite it until you like it. The advantage to a synopsis is that it is so short that you can edit it, and boil it down, and dissect it, and you will still have an idea of what you started with.

A temporary synopsis is still the beginning of a synopsis.

Right?

I certainly hope so.

On a side note of synopses: I will be posting about my NaNoWriMo novel sometime later in the week. Along with a synopses. Hopefully.

Until then, there is witch’s brew waiting on the counter (have I ever mentioned that Halloween is the perfect excuse for strange phrases?).