Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Guest Blogger Linnette Mullin's Three Simple Steps to a Successful Synopsis!

‎"Necessity is the mother of invention!”

Hey, Seekervillagers! I’m sitting with Ruthy in the Yankee-Belle Café sipping on a tall glass of my very own Vanilla Frappe`.



Yum! Come join us. We might even be able to scrounge up a scrumptious chocolate pudding cake that’s to die for. You see, we’re celebrating a breakthrough in synopsis writing.

Ruthy, did you hear that collective gasp?

You heard me right. I used the words “breakthrough” and “synopsis” in the same sentence. I know! I was as shocked as anybody! Funny thing is, I’ve considered this method before but never fully attempted it. It seemed too easy and we all know that synopses are supposed to be hard. Right?

Hmm…

So, here I am preparing for Genesis and I get desperate. They want a synopsis. A one-page synopsis! Did someone say panic attack? Yikes! It’s not that I haven’t written a synopsis before. I’ve written several. For the same book. But I’ve never really been satisfied with any of them. So…

Then I remembered Ruthy’s post on query letters and thought to myself, “Maybe I could try something like that. Hmm…” So, I went to typing and wrote up this beautiful one pager that is a tiny summary of my novel. That is, after all, what a synopsis is. Right?

So, I emailed for feedback and heard wonderful news. “It won’t work. It’s nicely written, but it’s not technical enough to be a synopsis.”

I slumped, held my head in my hands, fed the shredder, and hopped back on the not-so-merry-synopsis-go-round. Anybody else motion sick?

I started pounding the keyboard, looking for answers. Every site I explored, everything I read, every friend I bugged, I found the same answers I’d found a gazillion times over. Frustrated, but unwilling to throw my computer out the door, I opened a fresh document. I started summarizing without summarizing, yet it quickly turned into a summary. That’s when the mental chant returned.

Bullet points. Bullet points. Bullet points.

I couldn’t get away from it.

I groaned. “I’ve tried bullet points, before.”

“Yeah, but did you really stick to them?”

“Noooo….” I groaned.

"Then, what do you have to lose?"

But it seemed too simple. Too easy. And this is not supposed to be easy. Right? So something must be wrong with this idea that wouldn’t leave me alone.

I shrugged. “I’ve tried everything else.” So, I sucked in a deep breath and took the plunge.




Now, before I go into that, we still need to understand the synopsis, right? Dictionary.com says a synopsis is: a brief summary of the plot of a novel, motion picture, play… No. Really? Well, that’s helpful! How about Merriam Webster on-line? He says that a synopsis is: a condensed statement or outline (as of a narrative or treatise): ABSTRACT … That definition is supposed to help? Seems a little… um… abstract, don’t you think?

So, let’s turn to writing professionals.

Pretty much everyone in the writing community will tell you that a synopsis is like a summary, but it’s not a summary. Or, it’s like a longer version of the back cover blurb except you’re supposed to give the ending away. Or, it’s a chapter by chapter outline of your novel, but it has to fit on one or two pages. Or, it’s like telling your best friend about a movie you’ve seen or a book you’ve read. You’ve probably heard these descriptions and more. There’s nothing wrong with them except for one thing. They don’t tell you how to write a synopsis. It’s all very abstract and this is one area in which writers need the concrete.

So, what in the writer’s world is a synopsis? From all I’ve gathered, its 1-2 pages of an outline that briefly and technically tells (yes, I said tells) your entire novel in a way that appeals to an editor.

How do you do that? As tempted as I am to tell you all the “how to’s” I’ve read, I’ll spare us both. We’ve heard it all, read it all, anyway. Finally! It’s time to stop the synopsis-go-round!

Linnette’s Three Simple Steps to a Successful Synopsis:

Before you start, keep in mind that, even though I did this with a complete manuscript, yours does not have to be complete. You probably know all the highlights of your novel or have a general idea of where you’re going. You see the story play out in your head. Use that to guide you, remembering that you aren’t tied down to your synopsis. You can always tweak it once your MS is complete. So, let’s get started!


1) Bullet points. Start at the beginning of your story and type specific but brief bullet points. (No bullets, please. They’re too painful to remove.):

Grace escapes town.
Grace runs out of gas.
Max rescues her.
Grace finds answers in the Smokies and a new friend in Max.
Grace’s dad is hospitalized.
Grace flies home.
Grace sees Joe and breaks off their engagement.
Joe refuses to accept the break-up.
Grace reunites with her parents.
Grace and her mom visit her best friend, Tammy.
Joe follows them home.
The police chase Joe off.
Max drives Grace’s car to Kansas City.
Max meets with Grace’s parent’s approval.
Joe gets into Grace’s parents house and threatens her.
Max chases Joe off.
Grace spends time with her parents, Tammy, and Max.
Joe stalks Grace and Max.
Grace files a restraining order.

Warning: When you start listing your points, you will be tempted to summarize. Don’t. You might also be tempted to list every little thing that happens in your story – especially if your MS is complete. Don’t. List the main points… those things that make up the bare bones of the story without leaving holes in it. For example, there are several things that happened in the Smokies, but I summarized it with, “Grace finds answers in the Smokies and a new friend in Max.” Listing every single thing that happened will bog the synopsis down and frustrate you.

2) String the bullet points together into paragraphs. It’s easy. I simply backspace, space, and indent. No cutting or pasting required.

Grace escapes town. Grace runs out of gas. Max rescues her. Grace finds answers in the Smokies and a new friend in Max.
Grace’s dad is hospitalized. Grace flies home. Grace sees Joe and breaks off their engagement. Joe refuses to accept the break-up.
Grace reunites with her parents. Grace and her mom visit her best friend, Tammy. Joe follows her home. The police chase Joe off.
Max drives Grace’s car to Kansas City. Max meets with Grace’s parent’s approval. Joe gets into Grace’s parents house and threatens her. Max chases Joe off. Grace spends time with her parents, Tammy, and Max.
Joe stalks Grace and Max. Grace files a restraining order.

3) Edit the paragraphs and fill in details to make them coherent, smooth, and appealing. Make sure your opening sentence hooks and your final sentence brings closure:

Synopsis
Grace Smith flees town to escape her manipulative fiancé, Joe Riddle, and the guilt over (her brother) Josh’s death. Max Jones rescues her when she runs out of gas. She finds solace and answers to her confusion in the Smoky Mountains, as well as a new friend in Max.
A week and a half later, Grace’s dad is hospitalized and she boards a plane home. Defying hospital jitters from when her brother died, she heads straight for the intensive care unit. She finds Joe there and, though she breaks up with him, he threatens her, emphasizing it’s not the end.  She reunites with her parents in the IC unit. Afterward, she and her mom visit her best friend, Tammy. When Joe tails Grace and her mom as they leave, Grace calls the police and they chase him off.
Max returns Grace’s car to Kansas City. He meets her parents and gains their approval. Joe gets into Grace’s home and threatens her, but Max runs him off.
When Grace and Max find Joe stalking them a couple days later, Max calls the police. Grace files a restraining order and Joe lays low – even skipping Church. …

Final note: On the outset, this might seem daunting, tedious, and like it’s going to take forever when you start making those bullet points. You may wonder if it’s all going to fit on one page? But keep at it. If your MS or outline is complete, check against it to make sure you get everything chronologically accurate and you don’t overlook anything vital.

For me, not only did my bullet points fit on one page, but by the time I finished paragraphing, editing, and adding filler, my synopsis fit. It didn’t take nearly as long as I thought, either. An afternoon. And it was almost… (Dare I say it?) fun.

So, there you have it. How to write a successful synopsis in three simple steps. Give it a whirl and let me know how it goes.

Do you already have a successful synopsis writing method? Please share it. I’d love to know what works for you! :D  Leave a comment and your name will go into the drawing for a $15 Starbucks gift card!

~Linnette R Mullin

Author of Life-Changing Romance
Founder & Coordinator of PCWN: Palmetto Christian Writer’s Network
Member of ACFW & HACWN
Linnette’s Writing Corner on Facebook:

Linnette is the wife John and a mother of four amazing boys. She’s a Missouri girl from birth, but currently resides in South Carolina. She’s been busy seeking an agent and publisher for her current MS and WIP, as well as getting ready for Genesis, and playing around with other genres just for fun.

*I changed character names for this post since this is the story I’ve entered in Genesis. However, this is not my entire synopsis. I can’t go giving the ending away, now, can I? ;-)




 

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143 comments :

  1. YUMMO! Vanilla frappe and delectables from the Yankee Belle. All that AND magical synopsis writing? Another winner post in Seekerville.

    Thanks Linnette - Super information and seems actually... Do-able!

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  2. That is really good! I wish I'd had this the last time I wrote a synopsis and the time before that and the time before that and ... you get the idea :)

    I'm almost looking forward to writing another one to see how well it goes.

    I really do think this will be helpful and will have to print this out. Thanks!

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  4. This is somewhat similar to the method I use for plotting. I have those "bullet" points, chapter by chapter, in lines of a Word table.

    When I finish the book I use those in a manner somewhat similar to what you described. But I still don't get the phrasing right.

    Writing the book is fun, but writing the synopsis is a stinking job.

    Glad you conquered this task.

    Looks like you have the coffee provided. So I'll put out tea, sodas, and orange juice.

    Helen

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  5. Linnette,

    This is fantastic. I just have to write a synopsis & I printed this up. This is the most comprehensive explanation that I have seen
    Thanks so much!

    Jan

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  6. Bullet points are a great idea, Linette.

    My method is similar, but not quite so straight forward.

    I start by introducing the characters with brief paragraphs (the who).

    Then I list the main events in the story - three of them. Beginning, middle and end. (That's the what for you journalists out there.)

    Then I fill in between the main events with the important details that lead the story from one main point to the next. (That's the how.)

    I finish up with some of the MC's GMC and I'm done. (And that's the why.)

    If I need a longer synopsis I can throw in a few more details and secondary events.

    I'll have to try the bullet point approach next time :)

    I'll see you at the cafe in the morning - it's off to bed for me now.

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  7. I am absolutely going to try this!
    I was using a system of Hero, then Heroine, part 1 defining moment, then part 2 defining moment, extra characters, then moment of truth, then the end.

    It's messy.

    This looks amazing!! I'm trying to write a synopsis right now so when I saw in the WE you were talking synopses, I perked up!!

    Thanks for the awesome post. Just in time, Linette!

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  8. Coulda used that before the Genesis cut off, lol. Better late than never, ;)

    This is a great column, Linette, and I know it will be invaluable as I write my next synopsis. Thank you!

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  9. Thank you so much for this Linnette. So informative and you made it sound doable. So I know what I will be working on this week. :)

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  10. I found the information on this page is what finally got me to feel comfortable enough to write a synopsis.

    General Fiction Synopsis

    The last one I wrote I did by looking at all my chapters and saying "How can I write what is important about this chapter in one or two sentences?" and then made sure that my moral premise arcs and romance arcs and character arcs were added in if they didn't show up in the "summarize the important things about the chapter" exercise.

    Sooo, that turned into a 5 page synposis, so when I needed a one page synopsis, I took the 5 pager and said, "How can I turn each paragraph into one sentence?"

    Those arcs are important, I think, because I got turned down because the arc for a character was missing in a synopsis I turned in, that was what she pointed to anyway and since it wasn't a "This isn't for us" rejection, I'm going to take it that it really did make the difference.

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  11. Thanks so much for this Linnette :) I have not yet studied what I need to do for a synopsis. Still concentrating on finishing the rough draft of my first manuscript. But I'm so glad for your step by step method here - concise, methodical and logical! I'm not so scared about attempting my first synopsis now.

    I almost feel like doing one right away ... except that it's Speedbo, and I'm determined to reach my target word count :) Definitely something I will try in April!

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  12. Very helpful - thank you.
    ruth_mangabhai(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. Isn't this SIMPLY MARVELOUS????

    A straightforward approach. We can call this synopsis writing for dummies and make a fortune!!!

    Oops, I mean Linnette can make a fortune, of course!

    Hey, because I'm an IDIOT, you have to go to Yankee Belle on Thursday (I'll have a link in my Thursday post) to get Linnette's Vanilla Frappe recipe because Tuesdays are Texas-bound with Mindy Obenhaus now... And this is what happens when you book two months in advance and then invite the Texan to partner in your fledgling business.

    OOPS. ;)

    But, back to Synopsis and Speedbo:

    DUDES. YOU WILL NEED THIS WHEN YOU FINISH THE BOOK. PRINT AND KEEP.

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  14. Oh, I'll have to try this. I've been avoiding writing the synopsis for my last novel that's in revision mode. This post might just inspire me to go ahead with it.

    Thank you so much for sharing!

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  15. I REALLY NEEDED THIS!

    Thanks so much for sharing with us today. I think I'll try this after work.

    Thanks again.

    Jackie

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  16. Hi Linnette,
    Thanks for sharing your secrets. This looks like such an easy way to do this.

    I have to confess, last year when I was doing my Genesis synopsis, and feeling completely overwhelmed, I found Katie Ganshert's Synopsis Template on her blog. Katie broke the story down so clearly that it was easy for me to just insert my story into each phase. I did have to abbreviate since Genesis only wanted 1 page,but it gave me the guidance I needed.

    If anyone else wants to check it out, it's in her archives.
    http://katieganshert.com/katie-ganshert/a-synopsis-template/

    Thanks, Katie!

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  17. Okay, got 1000 words done on synopsis for Katie and the Trooper this AM. Stayed up late last night doing things for His Mistletoe Family, but I'm on track for what I need to get done this week so I can get back to writing the book.

    That is my reward. I can't go back to their story until this proposal is TIGHT and ready to roll. Which means back at it tonight once my little ones are picked up.

    Coffee... I love having coffee on hand! Thanks Linnette!

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  18. Hey Linnette, Great, great advice.

    I've never written a synopsis that I was happy with either.

    Think I'll try this. :)

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  19. Thanks Linnette! I think ive done something very similar before. In fact I pretty much write something like this before I write much of the story (but lets not start THAT discussion)

    Okay. I need protein and low carbs this morning. I think i'll start some omellettes.
    mushroom for me.

    Speak up. I wont be standing here all morning, you know. Time with the grands this weekend put me two lovely days behind schedule ( but was wonderful)

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  20. Good morning all! :D

    We had a little technical difficulty with the schedule at the Yankee-Belle Cafe. My Frappe` will appear on Thursday. If you just can't wait, head over to LinnetteMullin.com and look under my Recipes and Tips button.

    I'm rounding up my boys to get them off to school and then I'll be back! :D

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  21. Linnette, This is a great method for writing a synopsis! Wish I would have had it last week when I was sweating it out writing a synopsis, but I look forward to using it with my next ms.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  22. I am definately going to try this!

    Thanks for sharing with us, Linnette.

    Rose

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  23. Fear strikes the heart of this wannabe author at the mere mention of 'synopsis' so you gave me a good shot of adrenaline this morning! But this does take the mystery out of it at last! I never quite got what a synopsis was supposed to accomplish and so I've avoided writing them. :-) Rats, now I'll have to come up with another avoidance excuse. Thanks...I think!

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  24. Linnette, this makes great sense. Definitely am saving your advice for the future.

    But now that I am done with my break, it is back to that rough draft. Or off to Facebook...no back to typing, really.

    Peace, Julie

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  25. KC: Thanks! I hope it's as magical for you as it is for me. :D

    JAMIE: I know! Right? I honestly didn't get too excited about it until Ruthy and an editor friend approved my synopsis. Then I had to share my good news. :D

    HELEN: Great minds think alike, right? :D As to the phrasing, I made myself stick to the simplest, shortest sentences. Are you referring to that or the making of paragraphs?

    JAN KERR: Thank you! I'm so glad it makes sense to you and I hope you find it helpful as you work on it. Let me know if you have any questions.

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  26. This is one of the easiest, best, explanations and tutorial of how to write a synopsis. Kudos!

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  27. JAN D: Thanks for sharing your approach! I've never had formal education in writing beyond high school, and I didn't have much then. Whatever I've learned since have been from fellow writers and editor friends. You guys are priceless!

    VIRGINIA: Isn't God's timing amazing? I do hope this is an answer to prayer for you. I totally get messy!!! That's exactly what I had before I tried this. :D

    CRITTY JOY: You're so welcome! Let me know how it works for you. I'd love the opportunity to work out any kinks my method may have.

    MELISSA: Thanks for sharing! For me, when I tried a similar approach to yours, I kept fighting the urge to put too much detail in. I'm NOT a good summarizer! Nightmarish! I want to throw everything in INCLUDING the kitchen sink. LOL I'm glad you found a way that works for you. Isn't it an awesome feeling?

    HELEN W: Thank you! I hope you find it helpful when the time comes to write it. :D

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  28. Great post,Linnette! Believe it or not, I never thought to do bullet points to prep my synopsis. :) Love the idea of making it short and sweet and adding in filler later.

    One thing they say over at My Book Therapy is to write as much as possible using the voice of your character in your writing. Does that make sense?

    I like your ideas here! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  29. Linette,
    Great post... but Mary can use your version because you said 'no bullets'. :-)

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  30. btw, I love your humor :-)
    I bet you and Ruthy are having a BLAST!
    Can we use 'blasts' instead of bullets?

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  31. RUTHY: Thank you so much for inviting me here today, Cafe mix-up and all. :D Seekerville is one of my most favorite stop spots on the internet. I love you ladies, every one! As to the Synopsis Writing for Dumbies, you'll definitely be on the dedication page for all your helpfulness and gentle pushing me in the right direction! (((super cyber hugs))) Someday, I pray I get to hug you in person!

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  32. ANNIE: You're welcome! I'd love to know how it works out for you. I'm one of those perfectionists who likes to work out all the kinks, so even bad news it good to me. :D

    MARYC: Thanks for the tip and the link, MaryC! I'll have to check it out. :D

    BRIDGETT: Let me know how it works for you - good or bad. Seriously! I ran this through a test group of writers, but only a couple ended up being able to give me feedback. Everyone's minds work differently and somethings that work for some people don't work for others. So, I'd like to know if there are kinks to be worked out in the method. Happy writing!

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  33. WOW, Annette, you nailed it, girl!!!

    Synopses are not only scary for aspiring authors, but they scare the pejeebers out of pubbed ones too!! It seems to be a subject that stumps everybody about how to go about making a synopsis shine, but this blog offers a GREAT pattern to follow, so thanks for sharing.

    I used to be able to write a one-page synopsis, but since I don't have to do that anymore, I put everything in it but the kitchen sink because basically I use my synopses now as my scene planner when I write a book. And, surprise, surprise -- both my agent and editor say they read like a book ... uh, a very, VERY long book!! ;)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  34. KRISTEN A AND ROSE: Thank you! I'd love to know how it works for you! :D

    KAV: LOL! Too funny! I know exactly what you mean. I've avoided writing them as much as possible. But if it has to be done, I want to be able to do it well. I go crazy when I do something half-cocked, knowing in the back of my mind that it's still not quite right. This finally gave me confidence. I'm sure I'll still struggle with every synopsis I write, but like you said, the mystery is taken out of it at last! :D

    JULIE HILTON: Thanks, Julie! And happy writing! :D

    CARLA: Thanks so much for stopping in! I'm SO glad you find it helpful! :D

    JEANNE T: Thank you! I'm a very wordy person as you can see by my post and responses. LOL So, it was a bit foreign to me to start with little and grow it. But because I'm such a wordy person, there really is not other way for me to be able to do it and do it well. And, yes, it makes perfect sense to write as much as you can in the voice of your character - as you fill in the skeleton of the bullet points. :D

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  35. PEPPER: Me humorous? Like Ruthy? I'll take that as a compliment!!!! I'm an extremely serious person, but I also tend to take on the personalities of those I hang around. The Apostle Paul did say to be all things to all men, right? :D

    Okay, so I took that out of context. But it is funny how I can adapt myself and even my accent to those around me. Put me in the same room with an Aussie and I'll be speaking like one by the end of an hour. :D

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  36. JULIE L: Umm... were you speaking to me, lady? Thank you so much for your words of encouragement! :D I'll... um... nevermind.

    Yes, I know what you're talking about because my dear first ever writing coach, DiAnn Mills, shared some of her synopses with me... ones she'd written after she was a pubbed author. I see what you're saying reflected in what she wrote. So, as an unpubbed author, it was confusing and not allowed for newbies. :D

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  37. How do you like the other side of the podium, Linnette!!


    WElCOME TO SEEKERVILLE AS AN OFFICIAL GUEST BLOGGER!!

    Way to start the day with a vanilla frappe.

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  38. Great ideas, Linnette! Seemed like it took me forever to learn how to write a coherent synopsis, but I'm glad a finally did as now I SELL on a synopsis (about 12 double-spaced pages) and 3 chapters! I also get my story ideas approved for the proposal stage by writing about a 1-page, single-spaced synopsis, so it's truly an important skill to master. Editors & agents (and contest judges) especially want to see illustrated that there's a convincing book-length conflict and character growth.

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  39. TINA: (((Hugs))) It's a little intimidating, but I love people so it's also fun! :D Thank you for having me and welcoming me! :D

    GLYNNA KAYE: Thank you! I think I realized this year how a synopsis can make or break you in the eyes of an agent/editor. It's probably one reason I haven't sold yet. That and the fact that I still have so much growing to do as a writer. So, the Genesis requirement of a synopsis was just the challenge i didn't want but needed to grow me in this area. But I think God is teaching me more about humility on my writing journey than anything else. But that's a good thing!

    I'm glad you found a way to write a coherent synopsis, too! :D

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  40. BTW, GLYNNA KAYE: I really appreciate your thoughts on what agents and editors and contest judges want. Those tidbits are always helpful and so necessary to be reminded of! "Editors & agents (and contest judges) especially want to see illustrated that there's a convincing book-length conflict and character growth.: I'm adding that to my writing quotes so I can remind myself of it time and again. :)

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  41. Linnette, how very brave of you to tackle the dreaded synopsis! Wish me luck, I have to write one soon :)

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  42. You were right. This is a simple, memorable plan. A foundational plan to submitting. Thank you Linnette. :)

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  43. Girlfriend, Annette, whatever your name is....

    (laughing out loud in upstate at how you handled that, rolling on floor!!!)...

    Okay, so, you're impressing people.

    And I was impressed myself. Because the idea of starting with Fact-by-fact bullet points NEVER OCCURRED to me.

    And it's brilliant and simple. I don't do one-pagers anymore either, but this can work for the longer ones too, with a little change-up. It's an adaptable proto-type.

    SUHWEET!

    And yes, the Vanilla Frappe (caramel shots available on request!) is delightful. What a great start to the day!

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  44. EVA MARIA:
    Brave? I was quaking in my boots! LOL I think I just decided this time that enough was enough. If I had to write a synopsis, I was going to figure out how to do it right or there wasn't any sense in competing in Genesis. It's taken me a long time to get to that point, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do, right? Go get 'em! And let me know how it turns out for you. :D

    MARY VEE:
    Thank you! I hope it will prove to be a helpful guide to many a frustrated write, because that's exactly what I was! :D Hope it works well for you, too!

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  45. Linnette, welcome to this side of Seekerville! Thanks for sharing your excellent advice on writing a one page synopsis! Mine have to be longer but still, this method is a great place to start.

    I want your Vanilla frappe and chocolate pudding cake! Will be at the Yankee-Belle Cafe come Thursday.

    Janet

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  46. That's a great attitude Linnette!! Will do :)

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  47. Linnette - Going to try this on a WIP. You rock.

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  48. RUTHY:
    ROFL!!!!... Thank you for sharing in my laughter. Poor Jules! She's the only Seekerviller I've actually met in person and she... um... well... She's so sweet and tender-hearted, I didn't have the heart to correct her.

    LOVE YOU, JULIE!!! (((Hugs)))

    And thank you for calling me brilliant! I've been called a lot of things, but no one has ever called me that before. LOL I don't know if it was brilliance or desperation, but it WAS an answer to prayer for me. :)

    As to the adaptable proto-type comment, I love it! Anytime you want to brain storm with me and help make this better, I'm all for that! But for now, we must write, right? :D

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  49. THE STORY BEHIND THE FRAPPE`

    Back in Kansas City (Belton), MO, my boys constantly had friends coming over and rocking out in the basement. My second born is a musician and formed a band. It was fun! They all loved Starbucks Frappe`s, so one day I decided to wing it. I didn't have the crushed ice, but I had cold coffee that I didn't want to throw out. It turned out great. The teens loved it! Cold and sweet and caffeine! What they didn't know was that I often subbed decaf so they wouldn't be up all night. ;-)

    FYI, it's important to melt the sugar in the warm milk so it becomes syrupy. Otherwise, you'll never get all the sugar to dissolve. This also helps break down the natural milk sugars and makes it creamier. (Ever notice they used steamed milk at the coffee joints?) Yum!!!

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  50. This is fabulous, Linnette! We do bullet point in PowerPoint presentations at work but I never thought of doing them in a synopsis. Great idea!

    Another great idea is the iPad I'm using right now. I'm at the orthodontist waiting for my son to get his braces put on, and they have 2 for bored parents to use. Very cool!

    Progress on my Speedbo book: synopsis and 3000 words so far. Since I'm only aiming for 15k I'm on a good pace to meet my March goal :)

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  51. You make it sound so easy! :)

    Blessings,
    Jodie

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  52. JANET DEAN:
    Thank you for the welcome and kind words!

    I gotta love how all you pubbed writers get to write longer synopses! Now that I've found a way to do a one pager, I'm not sure I'll be able to write a longer one. LOL

    As to the chocolate pudding cake, um... I think I have some baking to do or there will be a whole SpeedBo full of unhappy writers come Thursday. LOL

    BTW, I just finished Wanted: A Family. Love it! I fell totally in love with Callie and Jake. Still not so sure about Commodore, though I love his name. :) Please tell me there's going to be more about the other girls! I love Elise and Doc, and I already love Grace and JoAnn and want to find out what happens to them. You're not going to leave me hanging, are you?

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  53. EVERYONE:
    If you'd like to let me know how this method works for you, feel free to find me on Facebook at Linnette's Writing Corner (link found at the end of my post).

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  54. EVA MARIA:
    Thank you! I'll be waiting to hear from you. :)

    STEPHANIE!!! You rock, dear Blue! Let me know how it goes. :D

    MIA:
    So glad I didn't bore you further. :D Isn't it amazing how something so simple and so obvious can be sitting right under out noses and we don't even see it? For me it was the fact that bullet points seemed too easy. *wags head at self* I could have saved myself so much trouble if I'd just gone through with it the first time the idea came to me. But then, I might not have ended up on Seekerville today. :D

    Way to go on your word count! Keep up the awesome work!

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  55. SpeedBo count in:
    I'm currently at 7,554 words! Woo-hoo! :D

    Go, SpeedBo-ers!!!

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  56. JODIE:
    It really is easy. The most frustrating part is making yourself stick to bullet points and getting past the monotony of jotting down details of events. As writers, we want to expound. But if you push your way through, you'll be done before you know it and thoroughly enjoy filling in and making it pop! :D

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  57. Love this and am going to try it.

    I've never been happy w/any of my synopses.

    The synopsis is LIKE this and is LIKE that. Exactly. Never a clear definition. Yours make sense to me.

    Connie

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  58. Linnette, thanks for this easy approach! My Genesis synopsis wasn't nearly as neat and simple; wish I'd had this a week ago!

    Mmm, I LOVE Starbucks frappes! Have you tried the mocha coconut flavor? It's delicious. Might have to tweak your recipe when I see it.

    Have a wonderful day in Seekerville!

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  59. Speedbo...

    After Connealy kicked my tail yesterday,I had a break through. I'd been struggling w/the sagging middle. Meandering. I figured out what to do w/an important seconardy character that will bring the story together.

    Yes!!!
    And thank you.

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  60. Hi Linnette,

    Thanks for providing a great way to write a short synopsis...and I thought it couldn't be done!!!

    I'm going to try your technique. Fantastic way to approach what usually is a very difficult, if not impossible, task!

    I will add the characters' GMC and, since I write romance, when the realization they're in love hits. Again, first as bullets and then woven into paragraphs, as you showed so beautifully.

    Congrats on your short synopsis template and your great SpeedBo word count. You rock, girlfriend!

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  61. This is really great. I'm gonna copy and save this for use at the beginning of the process. Since that's where I am, and I'm in need of direction.

    Thanks, Linnette!

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  62. Linnette, thank you so much. I have written so many synopsis (I don't even know how to make that plural, LOL) for my complete work and truthfully I hate all of them. When I finally finish the second one this month, I'm going to try this method for sure. =)

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  63. P.S. That's why I hope I win some Seeker help with my synopsis!

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  64. Nicely written, Linnette! Thanks for the recipe for easy synopsis soufle'. I am going to apply it to my YA and see what I get!

    You Rock! See you on RBM later.

    LaDonna

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  65. CONNIE:
    Thank you! I'm glad my makes sense to you. I hope you find this helpful when it comes down to doing it. :D

    STEPHANIE QL:
    Sorry you didn't get this in time for Genesis, but hopefully it will help you with future synopses.

    I've never tried Mocha Coconut. I'm a vanilla and caramel girl, but I love coconut so I may have to give it a try. Hope your tweaking turns out to your liking! :D

    Thanks for popping in! :D

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  66. CONNIE QUEEN:
    We all need a kick in the pants now and then, don't we. :D I've been struggling through the entirety of this wip. But SpeedBo is forcing me to push through. Inch by inch, or word by word, I'm getting it done.

    Thanks, Seekerville, for bringing us SpeedBo!!!

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  67. Hi Linnette and Ruthy are you going to share your frappe with me? :-D Good luck Speedbo writers, hope it's coming along for ya!

    XOXO~ Renee

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  68. DEBBY GIESTI:
    Thanks for every encouraging word! I didn't think it could be done, either. Thank God (and Ruthy and my friend, Dave Fessenden) for being merciful and gracious to this bumbling writer in my time of need! :D

    And I just love the word WOVEN! Isn't that exactly what we do as writers? Word Weavers! :D

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  69. ANDREW STRONG:
    Hey my fellow Missouri girl! Thank you! So glad the timing worked out for you! Let me know how it goes! :D

    NANCY K:
    You're so welcome! Please let me know how it works for you. I realize we all work and think a bit differently and I'd love to tweak this to help as many writers as I can. :D

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  70. LADONNA:
    *squeal....*
    Thanks for stopping in, girly blue!
    Synopsis Souffle! LOVE it! Leave it to you to come up with something so catchy! :D Let me know how your souffle turns out!

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  71. DEBBY GUISTI:
    I DID NOT put that E in your name! Really! I didn't! Ugh! I could have sworn I saw a U when I hit send. So sorry for the mis-spell!

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  72. RENEE:
    Sorry about that! We had a little mix up with scheduling. If you want the recipe right away, go to LinnetteMullin.com and click on my recipe and tips button. You'll find a button for it on the left-hand column. Otherwise, visit Yankee-Belle on Thursday. Sorry for the inconvenience!

    Happy Writing!

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  73. Very novel approach!

    [Ha! See that?!]

    I've been using Camy's worksheet for my synopses and I really like it. In one of the contests, I had 2 of 3 judges comment on it [liking it that is ;) - the 3rd didn't say anything either way...]

    I will have to try this next time though. See how it works. I'm always for easier :D.

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  74. CAROL:
    LOL! Novel approach. You clever girl! :D

    What is Camy's approach? (Do I know her?) I've never seen it before.

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  75. Linnette, I really like your step-by-step synopsis writing plan! This makes very good sense and presents a clear way to get the main points down and then flesh them out.

    Let's face it--synopsis writing is NOT fun. I have a VERY hard time writing a synopsis (with much detail, anyway) until I've written the entire book.

    Along those lines, I'm finding Scrivener invaluable! The way the screen is laid out, my ms. is in the center, with a "table of contents" of scenes on the left and a place for brief notes & other info on the right in a note card-like section.

    So after I write each scene, I fill in a brief scene summary on the accompanying note card. Then, when I get to the end of the book, I have the equivalent of a full set of note cards summarizing everything important that happens in the story.

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  76. Linette -

    Camy Tang's Synopsis Worksheet

    She does charge $5 for a 15? page or so pdf file outining it. IIRC, it's based on a workshop she taught so... I took those pages and made an actual worksheet in Word that I use and fill out. I think it was Pepper who'd told me about it in the first place and so far at least it's been worth the five dollars to me over and over. It's sort of snowflake-ish. Kind of.

    Anyway - next time I have to write one, I'm gonna try this and see if I like it better ;). Of course, that may not be until Genesis next year... :D

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  77. MYRA:
    Great tips on another way to more fully utilize Scrivner! I'm still bouncing between Scrivner and Word. I have such a difficult time transitioning to something new. I could visualize what you're saying, though.

    The thought came to me that if you write each scene separately, giving each a descriptive title (I started out separating by chapters instead of scenes)... You're right! You could easily use those for bullet points. Hmm... I may have to go back to using Scrivner. Thanks for the encouraging words and the tips! :D

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  78. Breaking to take care of some worthy causes, but I will return!

    Hope you're all making headway with SpeedBo!

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  79. CAROL:
    Speaking of flakish... LOL
    I was just thinking of Camy Tang, but without her last name attached I didn't catch on to who you were referring to. :D

    Thanks for sharing the link! If my style doesn't work for some, maybe Camy's will.

    Off to SpeedBo for a bit, but I'll be back.

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  80. Linnette, I LOVE Scrivener!!! I start a new subsection under each chapter every time I would normally do a space break between scenes. Each scene is labeled with the name of the POV character.

    This is also a great visual reminder of whose head I've been in so I make sure the POVs are balanced.

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  81. Hey Linette!

    Love the great idea. So glad you brought it to our attention. Thanks!

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  82. Hi Linnette:

    That’s the best written post I’ve read in a very long time! Do you have advertising copywriting experience? I’d be ready to hire you after just reading how well you communicate. Wow!

    “A synopsis is like pornography: it’s hard to define but you know it when you see it.”

    Actually, I always treat a synopsis as a précis and go from there. No problem. :)

    This is how I like to do a synopsis:

    I say to myself, “My novel is really great because in it this is what happens”. I then go on, from memory only, to tell the good stuff in the order it happens. You don’t have to put everything in a synopsis. You can leave out subplots and secondary characters as long as you tell the gist of your story. This makes it different from a summary. You don’t even have to give the names of your characters (unless you have to for clarity).

    My goal in writing a synopsis is this: “I try to present the story in such a way that the editor says to herself: “If you could really write this and execute what you have told me, I’d buy it.”

    Think of it that way.

    I love writing a synopsis.

    I even love reading books on how to write a synopsis. The best book I’ve read, so far, BTW, is reviewed on my website.

    It’s called: “Write a Great Synopsis - An Expert Guide” by Nicola Morgan (and it is very low priced!) She has written about 90 books.


    Synopsis Book.

    Oh, great post by the way.

    Vince

    vmres (at) swbell (dot) net

    P.S. Books on how to write a synopsis are like diet books. They all work if you can make yourself do what they tell you.

    P.P.S. Speedbodettes & Speedbodudes: Keep the faith!

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  83. Sorry

    The link to the Synopsis does not work. If you want to see it please go to my page:

    http://www.vmres.blogspot.com/

    and scroll to the bottom. GMC is reviewed there too.

    But don't go now! Go only when you are fully finished at Seekerville!!!

    Vince

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  84. Wait, wait, wait...

    go back...

    I've been reading through the comments - both Ruthy and Glynna mentioned writing LONGER synopses rather than shorter these days.

    What's up with that?

    Isn't life perfect once you're published? And doesn't perfect equal shorter synopses, not longer?

    Another bubble burst.

    I'm going to have to process this information while I see if I can add another thousand words to my rough draft...and eat chocolate.

    You guys go on and party without me.

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  85. Thanks Linette,

    I write some points down as I go already, I just need to use them for more than keeping my mind in some semblance of order.

    As if that were possible.

    Blessings
    Tina Pinson

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  86. These are some helpful steps, Linnette! Thanks so much for sharing them. Using bullet points is a great idea. :-)

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  87. Linnette, I can't count the number of ways suggested to write a synopsis that I've come across. But I think your method might move to the top of the list. Made perfect sense to me and seemed pretty easy (assuming it's easy to bullet and not summarize, which as you can see by this comment, will be a challenge for me.) :-)

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  88. This looks like a doable routine for getting that dreaded synopsis written. Instead of trying to create sentences first, wondering if I'm covering everything important, this simplifies the procedure. I'm going to do it.
    Thanks.

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  89. MYRA:
    I'm hoping I'll learn to love it. I really like all the possibilities with it. I hate taking time to learn something new with I have something that works well, but I need to just do it. :)

    DOMINO:
    Hi, Laura! How are you? Thanks for popping in! Hope its been helpful :D

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  90. This looks like a doable routine for getting that dreaded synopsis written. Instead of trying to create sentences first, wondering if I'm covering everything important, this simplifies the procedure. I'm going to do it.
    Thanks.

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  91. VINCE:
    Really??? Thank you!!! No, I don't have any copywriting experience, though I've thought about looking into doing that. I've been told by writers that it's a totally different ballgame. What is it you're wanting done?

    Thanks for the great quote and synopsis tips, btw! So far, everything I've read about synopsis writing has not been quite helpful enough. And I've done a lot of looking! LOL But I'll have to check out this book you're talking about. Thanks, as always, for you helpful input! :D

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  92. JAN D:
    Personally, I'd rather write a longer synopsis. You can get so much more into it and have room to make it appealing. The making it appealing part is so hard when you only have so much space to write. :)

    TINA PINSON:
    Thanks for stopping in! And you are welcome. Yes! If you already jot down your main points, definitely save those for your synopsis! :D

    GWENDOLYN:
    Cool name! I'm envisioning a heroine in a historical fantasy. :D Thanks for stopping by!

    PATRICIA W:
    That's the hardest part about this method... getting us wordy writers to stick to bullet points. But you can do it! Thanks for your encouraging words. Let me know how it works for you. :D

    LOIS HUDSON:
    You're so welcome! Let me know how it works for you. :D

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  93. Wow Linnette - great post!!! Love all the comments with further info. Definitely going to try your method.

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  94. Wow Linnette - great post!!! Love all the comments with further info. Definitely going to try your method.

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  95. I like Linnette's approach! I panic when it comes to creating a synopsis because so much depends on getting it right and there is so much differing advice on what it must be. I'm going to give this a try.

    Speedbo efforts now have me through the revision of 15 chapters. I'm not doing well when it comes to getting new words written for my w.i.p., so I think I'll stay with the revision until it's complete. With any luck there will still be some days left in March to move on to the other goals.

    I'll take a glass of Helen's orange juice now and slink back into my cave. The revision beckons. Happy writing, everyone!

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  96. PEN DANCING:
    Jan! (((Hugs))) dear friend! Thanks so much for stopping by! I'm so glad you found this helpful! :D

    CAROL J GARVIN:
    I'm so glad you dropped by and found my post helpful! I know what you mean about the revisions. Sometimes when I have so much on my mind revision-wise, I can't think straight enough to write new stuff. Regardless of what you accomplish, it's all good. Happy Speedboing! :D

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  97. Thanks for sharing, Linnette! I do something similar, only like Jan, I do a paragraph about each character first to intro their backstory and internal conflicts.

    But doing a one-pager is pure torture for me! :)

    I'm dying for your frappe now! Can't wait for Thursday!

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  98. Linnette that's really a great way to write a synopsis. Cool.
    I love it.

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  99. Synopsis sounds like such a dirty word. LOL
    But you've made it more palatable. ;-) Thanks for the breakdown!

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  100. MISSY:
    LOL The Frappe` is great! It won't disappoint. I like my coffee sweet, btw! ;-) Thanks for the tips on how you do your synopsis, too. Is that something editors want once you've been published?

    MARY CONNEALY:

    Awe shucks, Mary!

    *blushing*

    Thank you!!!

    I think I was in so much shock that it worked, I didn't really get excited about it until Ruthy responded using the word

    "breakthrough".

    I just figured the problem was due to my being wired weird. :D

    (PS - I'm supposed to be writing, but I'm too busy enjoying Calico Canyon! :D)

    JESSICA N:
    Thanks, Jessica! Glad to help sweeten the nasty taste. :D

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  101. Never thought of using the bullet point system - might have to give it a try - even after 6 published novels and 6 published short stories, I hate the synopsis!

    Thanks for the tips.
    PamT

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  102. PAM T:
    Hey, Pam! Thanks for stopping in. Hope it proves to be helpful! :D

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  103. Hi Linette,

    Do you hear all those writers sighing? I do! Finally someone explained synopsis writing in a way we can understand! Great job!

    I myself love the longer synopsis. I can do a 5-10 page one no problem, but the one page, that makes my hair curl! Somehow I did get one done for Genesis but I don't even want to look at it again.

    I bet Camy's is good too!

    Cheers,
    Sue
    sbmason at sympatico dot ca

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  104. Wow, so many great synopsis ideas! Thanks Linnette, for inspiring all this info!

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  105. Linette, thanks for sharing your discovery. I'm all for anything that makes life simpler.

    A published author friend shared a few of her synopses with me, and the very first time I used that style with a contest entry, the entry won first place. Woohoo! Her approach sounds like Missy's and Jan's (?) -- a paragraph about each character to get backstory and conflict going into the story out of the way, and then synopsis of the story. Something about stating the backstory upfront helps me hit the high points in the synopsis. Now I'll be bulleting those high points, which will help me cull even more.

    Boy are these word and page counts impressive. Way to go, group.

    Now, back to writing.

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  106. Lovely advice! Thank you so much, Linnette. I balk at the synopsis every time! I really should get over that. :)

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  107. Wow! Great post! Normally, I'm so frightened by the word "synopsis" that every time I hear it, I want to crawl under my bed and put my hands over my ears.

    I tried the synopsis thing for the Rattler contest and heard back that it was an elevator pitch, not a 100 word synopsis. I guess I forgot to give away the ending. Oops.

    Thanks, Linette, for this simple, matter-of-fact explanation! I'll definitely be bookmarking this post!

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  108. SUSAN MASON:
    Hi, Susan! Yes, I do hear the sighing. :D And I know what you mean about not wanting to look at a synopsis you've written. The 1 pagers are awful! Until now. :D Thanks for your encouraging words!

    STEPHANIE P:
    You're so welcome, lady Blue! :D

    NANCY C:
    Hi, Nancy! Thanks for sharing what work for you. I keep hearing about this summary or characters. I'll have to look into that. :D

    ERICA:
    I do, too! Even with my new method, I'm not sure I'll totally enjoy it, but at least its no longer quite so daunting. :D

    NATALIE MONK:
    I know, right? That was exactly my reaction when I saw Genesis wanted a one page synopsis. But while covering my ears, I envisioned myself running away screaming into the wild unknown! Glad to be of some help! :D

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  109. I use this method to write my synopses and it works wonderfully!

    Thanks for a great blog!

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  110. Hi Linnette:

    I was referring to the time when I used to hire copywriters and train them for a national company. You communicate like the kind of person I would hire. You have the clear writing style already. Of course you would have to learn to add the ‘sell’. : )

    BTW: This is what I think is just perfect:

    Bullet points. Bullet points. Bullet points.

    I couldn’t get away from it.

    I groaned. “I’ve tried bullet points, before.”

    “Yeah, but did you really stick to them?”

    “Noooo….” I groaned.

    "Then, what do you have to lose?"

    But it seemed too simple. Too easy. And this is not supposed to be easy. Right? So something must be wrong with this idea that wouldn’t leave me alone.

    I shrugged. “I’ve tried everything else.” So, I sucked in a deep breath and took the plunge."


    Excellent!

    Vince

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  111. I'm saving this, Linnette! It's synopsis time for me again. I find it difficult every time I write one, especially when I haven't finished writing the book.

    Now I'm off to Yankee Belle Cafe. Thanks for visiting with us today.

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  112. KAREN BEECHING:
    And you kept it to yourself? Gasp!
    Thank you for chiming in with your affirmation!!! :D

    VINCE:
    Thank you! You've made my day!!!
    I'm still grinning! :D

    CARA LYNN:
    Thank you, sweet lady! Hope it works well for you! :D

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  113. Wow. This really simplifies it if the book is written already! Love it. =]

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  114. Haha. Thanks for sharing, Linnette, and I will definitely indulge in a frappe!

    I'm pretty new to writing a synpsis, but when I entered Great Expections, I wrote it like the blurb from the back of a book. However, the back of books never actually tell the ending, but if it's an Inspirational Romance, there is only one outcome! It's the journey that counts. ; )

    NANCY, I didn't know how to make "synopsis" plural either. :p This method would work great as an overall outline for writing a story, too. Later on, you could fill it in and have a synopsis. : )

    Looking forward to reading your story, you speedy writer!

    Whitney

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  115. I've yet to write a synopsis but it almost seems like the writer spends months putting everything they have into their MS, and then they have to tear it down to the bare bones, in just 1-5 pages. I bet leaving out so many important and wonderful aspects of their story is the most painful part.

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  116. SpeedBo-ers! How goes the word count?

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  117. Over 2000 words today. I am still behind and must take care of the grandchildren for the next three days. But it is good to know I can pull a "Ruthy" i.e. get up at the crack of dawn and produce at least a 1000 words or so before I see the little ones.

    It is hard to make myself stop but I am getting the hang of pacing!

    Now if I could just stop checking Facebook!

    Peace, Julie

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  118. Hey, great day, chicas and lone chico!!!! ;)

    Linnette, I love that you are so inspired by the simplest of things I say. I will remember that and use it until you (no doubt) hate me.

    :)

    I've tried it on Mary, and it WORKED. SUH-WEEEEET!

    Jan, you wondered about longer synopses for books. I sell on proposal now (I'm not saying that to brag, you guys know that, right? That it's normal after your first few books to sell on proposal...)

    SO:

    I do 30-50 pages or 3-4 chapters. And a synopsis that is usually 14-20 double-spaced pages.

    The first two pages are heroine backstory/hero backstory. That gives the editor an instant sense of where they've come from and where they need to go and WHY IT WON'T BE EASY...

    And then I yammer on for about twelve or thirteen more pages of what I think will happen.

    I usually have plot points in my head. I also run my ideas by Melissa before I go too far. If she doesn't think it works, I've just saved myself a lot of revisions and synopsis writing by making a quick phone call to check in. If she likes the premise, I go with it.

    I think this is the norm for most publishers.

    If I'm selling a series, then I need a short synopsis for book two (a one-page type deal like Linnette showed us today) and a "blurb" for book 3 and on. That way they get the flow of the series.

    But I actually don't mind writing synopses now. I taught myself to look at them as a technical tool, not a creative tool. That mindset has helped me a lot.

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  119. PATTY W:
    Thanks! If you're a pantster, any synopsis writing is going to be tough.

    WHITNEY:
    Hey, Whitney! Enjoy the Frappe`! :D

    DONNA:
    It IS hard! That's another reason why I like this process. It feels more like you're building a miniature or your story rather than tearing it apart. :D

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  120. Julie Steele:
    :D I think I finally found someone who beats me at FB addiction. LOL :D

    2000 words? Awesome, lady! Way to go! :D As to pacing? When I'm on a roll, there's no such thing as pacing. I take full advantage of it. The one time I quit because it was getting late and I was getting tired (a little voice in the back of my head warned me), I ended up with writer's block for DAYS! So, go girl!

    RUTHY:
    *GRINNING*

    Thanks for sharing your proposal/synopsis experience with us. As to the technical comment, that's exactly how this technique works. I may have to write a synopsis just so I can figure out where I'm going with my current wip. LOL

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  121. Linnette, as I said earlier, this is a great guide, but I had to come back to talk frappuccinos.

    I'm with Stephanie - Starbucks Mocha Coconut Frapp. I could live on these. Tina could tell you because every time she ran into me at RWA last summer, I was in line at Starbucks getting one!
    I hate that it's a seasonal drink, but I guess it's better for my waistline.

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  122. MARY C:

    Frappe`s! Mmm!!! LOVE them! I know what you mean about weakness. You gals have me wanting to try the Mocha Coconut. When do they carry it?

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  123. Ooooh! I love this post. I'll have to give your steps a try - right AFTER SpeedBo! ;-)

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  124. Linnette, you are a sweetheart! Thanks for the kind words about Wanted: A Family. You made my day!!

    Never fear, I'm not leaving you hanging. My novella, Last Minute Bride, Brides of the West anthology releases April 3. Last Minute Bride is Elise and Doctor David Wellman's story. You'll see Callie and Jake, Grace, too.

    Janet

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  125. Great post, Linnette! Thank you so much for sharing you steps to a successful synopsis, and I'm really eager to try your method. (wow, that's the very first time I've been "eager" to write a dreaded synopsis, LOL). I really like the idea of the bullet points too, and DO plan on trying this with my WIP. Blessings, Patti Jo :)

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  126. REBECCA:
    Thank you! Hope it works for you! :D

    JANET DEAN:
    *sqeal* I know I'll forget. I'm always forgetting whose books are coming out when. Make sure you remind me when it comes out. If you remember to. :D

    PATTIJO:
    Thank you! I'd love to hear about how it works for you! Blessings to you, too! :D

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  127. I'm heading toward bed. Thanks for a delightful day and so glad you all enjoyed the post! :D

    Blessings and happy SpeedBoing!

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  128. Linnette, adding the character intro is just something I've always done. :)

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  129. Just finished reading all the great comments (I'm a late arrival today). You've generated a lot of useful info and I'll be marking this for future use. I have yet to write a synopsis, have dreaded it, but you're making it sound not so bad after all. Thanks.

    gilliach(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  130. Linnette, you've hit on pure genius. Bullet points. Who'd a ever thunk it.

    I love this method and think it's an excellent way to keep your synopsis from growing too unwieldy with unnecessary details.

    I tend to live for unnecessary details, LOL!

    But seriously, how practical can you get? And yes, I fall in the ranks of those cringing when the synop word is used.

    I'll give it a shot. I think this might work.

    Thanks for sharing Linnette!!

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  131. Oh, dieting so I skipped the frappe and cake talk- but the rest was delicious. I need to tweak some things and will use this method to get me on my way again. THANK YOU. Very well written and easy to digest. =)

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  132. Oh, dieting so I skipped the frappe and cake talk- but the rest was delicious. I need to tweak some things and will use this method to get me on my way again. THANK YOU. Very well written and easy to digest. =)

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  133. Thank you for the recipe! Can't wait to try it out!

    XOXO~ Renee

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  134. Three simple steps she says: time for tea says I.

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  135. CaraG:
    You're quite welcome! Thanks for stopping by! :D

    AUDRA:
    Thanks, lady! Let me know how it works for you. :D

    DONNA K:
    Hey, Blue! Thank you for popping over. Delicious. Digest. Love it! :D Let me know how it goes, girlfriend! :D

    RENEE:
    Enjoy! :D

    MARYBELLE:
    Let me know how it goes. ;-) And I LOVE tea, so I'm with you there! :D

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  136. LINNETTE!!!

    OMIGOSH ... I can HARDLY believe I did that!! Mmm ... what am I talking about?? I believe that and am just grateful I got the "nette" part right ... :|

    What's even more embarrassing is I KNOW YOU ... I MET YOU ... AND I LOVE YOU!!! I'm an idiot -- forgive me!!

    Let's blame it on the edits for the McClares, Love at any Cost, WHICH I just finished yesterday at midnight, so hopefully that A.) Explains some of my mental lapse and B.) Counts toward Speedbo ...

    Hugs and more hugs,
    Julie

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  137. What a FABUULOUS post! I will DEFINITELY use this one!

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  138. JOANNE SHER:
    Thank you!

    JULIE L:
    LOL! No problem, Jules. I know how busy you are. (((Hugs))) received and returned. Love you, too! :D And way to go on your accomplishments last night!

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  139. Thanks for your advice! My method has always been to write out a long synopsis then go back and weed out the difference between necessary info and details. I think I will go back and look at my WIP with your method. :-) Good luck with the Genesis!

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  140. Thanks for your advice! My method has always been to write out a long synopsis then go back and weed out the difference between necessary info and details. I think I will go back and look at my WIP with your method. :-) Good luck with the Genesis!

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  141. I'm leaning toward the purple dress for you because there's such an air of confidence coming from the woman who's wearing it. And it is the color of royals.

    Loved the post. I wish I could write in public, but people distract me so easily. I write squirreled up in my home office...in the morning...early. I have to have peace and quiet.

    When I first found this site, I thought you were one of the original seekers.

    Would love to be considered for a critique.

    gilliach(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  142. Months later, after rolling around and pulling hair out over a synopsis, I try this method. The MS is finished. An hour later the synopsis is finished. Linnette Mullin is the cat's meow. Printing this out right now. *bowing in awe* And yes, synopsis writing was a breeze with this method!

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