Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Synopsis - It Is Done!

The synopsis is finally finished! 
I wrote the story I had to write - back then, I did not care about a synopsis or a query letter.  I am not even certain I knew what those were when I started writing. 
Then, for a long time, I feared even the idea of a synopsis and did not want to touch it.  It seemed like an unnecessary burden that would neither reflect my style nor capture the message of my novel. 
It took me two weeks to draft it, rewrite it, and finalize it.  It was not a labor of love...
Yet, in retrospect I realize how useful the exercise was and how valuable its product is.  It gives me clarity.  It allows me to better summarize my novel and its key points for whatever purpose and to be more articulate about its characters and their struggles.
It also helped me revise my query letter, which is also in its "final" form.
I have learned my lesson -  for my next novel, I will start with the synopsis.


  1. Great to hear from you again! Glad you got the synopsis done. Can't wait to hear how it all works out.

  2. Congratulations! I'm glad you saw it through. The synopsis was one of the things that stopped me from continuing with my pursuit of an agent. Daunting.

    I'm glad you worked through it. Good luck.

  3. The synopsis was a tough one for me but I did finally get it, when it was finished.
    Good Luck:)


  4. Thank you Ladies! I can't wait to see whether and how it works... now on to the list of agents. In the meantime, there is still more work to be done on the novel itself, refinements here and there.
    Best to you all.

  5. I don't START with a synopsis, but I DEFINITELY write a query and/or synopsis before my project is done. It totally helps me stay focused.