I know, you wondering how that’s even possible. Because there is NO FREAKING WAY to love writing a synopsis. And actually, it’s not that I love writing synopses (I don’t, I hate ’em) or that I’m any good at writing them (Nup, not that either) it’s just the past two synopses I’ve written have been the easiest ever. They weren’t even two pages!
So what’s my secret? Well, I kind of don’t want to say in case it proves that I am wrong, wrong, wrong. And also there really isn’t a secret (except some good advice from Maisey Yates). It’s a case of learning to let go the details of the story and focus on what is really important – the development of the romance and the character arc. I know, it’s hard to figure out what are ‘details’ and what aren’t. If you include this bit, then that means you have to include that and before you know it, you’ve got one page just on the first chapter! (my hint is if you think it’s a detail, it probably is. So leave it out!).
In fact, in many ways, for me it’s easier to write a synopsis for a story I haven’t written yet. Because that way, there are no details to bog me down, plus it’s great for figuring out whether your conflict works or not. Nothing like getting halfway through a synopsis and realising that your characters don’t have enough conflict. Or that what you thought was the conflict, isn’t what they thought.
But anyway, why were these ones so easy to write? Because I did totally leave out any extraneous details apart from the external conflict that brings them together. The rest is just how broadly the romance develops – their first impressions of each other. How that makes it worse for them. How they find connection. How that connection makes it worse. What they do about that. Why that doesn’t work. And then the change they have to make in order to be together (the resolution of the conflict). The turning points of the story, etc, etc.
Now this could all be entirely wrong of course and in fact my synopses are crap! But at this point, taking an hour or two to write one instead of the usual three days, with another two for hair pulling and complaining, is AOK with me.
And just to show you I’m not all about how wonderful my synopses are (not), I am also going to include this little linky thing here (Sonny Bill Williams and his ripped shirt). I am not a rugby fan but since the Rugby World Cup is happening in my neck of the woods (American visitors, please visit this link hehe), I thought it pertinent to gift to the world a small incident that actually made me watch part of a game. I think the person behind the camera must have been a woman…:-)