I am finding this very difficult. A great challenge that is really stretching my skill as a writer.
It is so different than writing a critique of a book or a plug or a review. The intent of the synopsis of the proposal, is not just to give a description ( that is something else entirely), but to introduce your story in great detail: capturing thematic essence,pivotal plot details while still making the reader aware of, and intrigued by, your characters and their relationships.
|Like Goofy, I always stick my tongue out when deep on concentration
I have to say that I am finding this one of the most difficult aspects thus far in my little writing journey and I think I know why:
- I am used to critiquing and reviewing novels: this is not a critique or a review, this is a kind of literary story-board honing in on the essential elements
-I am long-winded. it is essential that I find a balance wherein I can hopefully demonstrate some flair for the written word while letting the characters and the story speak for themselves
-I second guess myself: we all know that when it comes to writing, I can have the self-assurance of a gnat. I think this is common for several writers. I need to learn to trust that the story elements I am parading and the plot points I promenade in my synopsis are, indeed, those which will provide eventual readers with the enticement they need to carry on.
I have a fabulous critique group online constituting of a few professionals and published authors which I recently was blessed enough to join. While I have been discussing synopses with them (and relying on their expertise), as well as visiting other blogs which have talked to this very point, I wanted to hear from my Fair Substitute readers. Anyone out there remember their first book proposal?
What is the hardest part about it for you?