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Kory
12-07-2004, 21:06:26
Go through book during final edits, taking short notes on each chapter, assembling major points in order. Sit down with notes (and, of course, omniscient knowledge of book), and try to turn them into a coherent 1-2 page synopsis of the book. Result looks rather as if I had gone through the book during editing, written down major points, and made a bullet list. Crumple up paper. Start again.

Get coffee. Go through notes again, expanding them into more descriptive form as I go. Get to end. Re-read. Result looks as if a 6th-grader has written a book report on my as yet unpublished work. Crumple up paper. Start again.

While on train, attempt to keep writing neat enough to be legible later. By now, notes are completely unnecessary; I have them memorized. Write up new version of synopsis. Type it up a day later. Read through it. Decide it's pretty good. Show it to several other people, most of whom find it intriguing. Cool. Show to good critiquer of my acquaintance. He immediately points out three typos, two run-on sentences, and has several questions about content of book not covered in synopsis, though of course, mentioned in both the book and the notes. Crumple up paper. Start again.

And so forth.

-- Kory (Writing the novel is easy. Writing the synopsis is HELL.)

Darkstar
12-07-2004, 21:53:54
Get a few of your alphas to write up a synopsis on your book. At least just for an outsider (not Goddess) view.

protein
12-07-2004, 22:10:01
If you need more ideas just come to me. Here's a freebie -

Pink Commando - the story of a man who was a woman who loved a man.

It's 1960s America. A French ex-army commando turned transexual works for a rich businessman called Mr Dark as an image consultant. Years ago the transexual went to school with Mr Dark and was horribly bullied by him. So she/he plans to kill the leading character with a home-made bomb placed in a suit she/he taylored for the lead character.

Just as the bomb is primed and the man leaves on a train through the desert the transexual realises that she/he is in love with the lead and she embarks on a horseback chase after the man he/she loves before the bomb detonates. She/he has 20 hours to save her man.

On his/her travels through the desert she/he uses her/his commando survival skills in the beautiful yet baron landscape. At one point he/she uses her/his silicone implants as a solar water still and his/her handbag to trap wild animals.

Wow, I am so good at this. Sometimes I just don't know where all these ideas come from.

































:lol:

BigGameHunter
13-07-2004, 01:16:29
It's barren, unless it is owned by a baron.

I'm thinking Keanu Reeves and Cherlize Theron, people.

protein
13-07-2004, 01:36:58
Gah. Speling id for losers. Proper riters like me are all about ideas and stuff.

fp@korea
13-07-2004, 01:46:58
I've been almost writing a novel for the past 5 years, and it's hard enough work doing even that much.

I think I might now some of what the beginning of the novel might be about, but it's still all open to change. :D

Seriousl, though, it seems to me that it's really difficult to keep one idea in my head long enough to try and develop it. Whenever I actually get so far as doing some writing I get distracted by some other wonderful idea I think I've had and file the whole thing away in a drawer somewhere. Of course all the ideas are shite anyway.

Kory
13-07-2004, 01:58:18
Originally posted by Darkstar
Get a few of your alphas to write up a synopsis on your book. At least just for an outsider (not Goddess) view.

No, see, I like my beta readers. (There are no alpha readers. No one sees the alpha but me.)

Protein, I know you were kidding around, but if you want to know what it's like, go pick up any given newstand novel, and write a 1-2 page summary of the book that includes every major point in the plot, and make it sound interesting enough that if you were to show it to someone, they would have an orgasm and beg for more. That's pretty much what I'm doing, only without the orgasm and the begging.

fp, if you're having that much trouble getting it down, you probably want to try writing and working to an outline. But really, once you knuckle down and find the right method, the bookwriting part is far, far easier than the bookselling part. Honest.

-- Kory (Still not sure if writing is the cause or the effect.)

protein
13-07-2004, 11:59:38
I couldn't write myself out of a paper bag.

Still, I might post that idea of mine off to Hollywood. :)

BigGameHunter
13-07-2004, 16:21:43
And they'd make it too you fucker.

Darkstar
15-07-2004, 18:41:27
Originally posted by Kory
Protein, I know you were kidding around, but if you want to know what it's like, go pick up any given newstand novel, and write a 1-2 page summary of the book that includes every major point in the plot, and make it sound interesting enough that if you were to show it to someone, they would have an orgasm and beg for more. That's pretty much what I'm doing, only without the orgasm and the begging.

Er... why would I want to read your book if the synopsis has every major point in it?

Sounds like, you need to first "Cliff note" it, then boil that small booklet down to near bullet points, and then start back filling in the missing details. Just from what you describe. :hmm: That would definately drive me nuts. Writing a back page (or inside flap set) teaser would be more fun.

Darkstar
15-07-2004, 18:42:19
Originally posted by BigGameHunter
And they'd make it too you fucker.

Only if it was Anime or Porno.

Sounds like basic Anime/Hentai inspired fare.

Kory
15-07-2004, 19:26:36
Originally posted by Darkstar
Er... why would I want to read your book if the synopsis has every major point in it?

The synopsis isn't for you :). It's for the publisher. They want to know the whole storyline so they can decide if it fits what they're looking to publish. That's how it works in the wonderful world of slush. (And, sometimes, agent queries. And, apparently, sometimes even after being agented.)


That would definately drive me nuts. Writing a back page (or inside flap set) teaser would be more fun.

I am hoping to be able to submit my own cover blurb, when I am published. Some publishers let you write suggested ones.

-- Kory (Not sure if my first choice publisher is one of them.)

Darkstar
15-07-2004, 19:42:39
Well, that's what I figured it was for, Kory. From what you descrive, I think you'd have less headaches trying to herd cats into a pool while you crawled on your belly, but hey, I might be wrong. It's been known to happen.

fp@korea
16-07-2004, 01:00:53
I spent a while ploughing through a slush pile at OUP a few years ago. It was pretty fun, actually - I got to read loads of really terrible novels and write reports for the editor on how atrocious they were.

On the subject of blurbs, I also had to draft a few of those (for half-decent books this time). That wasn't quite as fun as saying mean things about other people's books, but I felt more like a productive member of the team. :D