Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Dreaded Synopsis

This is going to be super brief (hopefully) as I'm in a frenzy trying to get synopses written for my two current WIPs.

First off, the girls at CritiqueThisWIP (me included) have decided we need to have synopses of the WIPs we're critiquing for each other so that while reading each others' work we'll have some idea where the story is going and can comment on issues we feel might be affecting the story or leading it astray. A good plan, I think.

Secondly, when I go to my MFA residency the first week of August there will be agents visiting the university specifically so that we can meet with them. Of course I want to take advantage of that opportunity! But those of us who wish to meet with agents must have synopses of our WIPs prepared and turned into the program chair by July 12. Yikes.

Anyone who's written a synopsis of their WIP knows it's not as easy as you think it should be, and they're right. And how do you write a synopsis for a pantser WIP? I have no idea what's going to happen in this novel until I sit down and write. This is not going to be an easy exercise. All of a sudden I need to do at least some minimalist plotting. *sigh*

By the way, we've got some new members over at CritiqueThisWIP. You really should go check them out. They're loads of fun and Courtney and I are really excited to have them in our group!

So now I'm off to fret over my synopses. Care to share any of your synopsis-writing experiences? Tips? Advice? Help?!

3 comments:

Suzie said...

I think the outline/synopsis for group will help greatly. One of my WIPs is basically a pants-ter idea too, so I feel your pain! LOL!

We'll have your early chapters ready to knock those agents out! I'm so excited for you!

Yay us new CTW members!!

I wished I could help with your synopsis. But, truth be told... I hate them! LOL! Worse then grammar! And that's a lot! I think I need to buy a book on them! :)

Merrilee said...

If I read or wrote romance, I would totally be applying to join you ladies.

I think writing a synopsis is a great way to start a novel, and yes, very handy for crit partners too. I'll have to give that a try!

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