Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Why Writing a Synopsis Is a Good Thing

Call it what you will -- synopsis, suckopsis, stinkopsis, synauseous --it's one of the alligators of this business.

For a long time I tried to pretend I wouldn't ever need one. Stop laughing. I was young and stupid and, most of all, terrified. This scaly beast is hard to get your arms around, with all that jaw-snapping and tail-whipping.

But in the last week, I've taken a deep breath and stepped into the pit and cautiously approached the reptile.

And you know what? I've discovered some amazing things. The reason my hero is so damn stubborn. Why my heroine never learned to say no. And miracle of miracles, I stumbled upon a Big Black Moment that is bigger and blacker than anything I had ever thought of. All thanks to wrestling this alligator called a synopsis.

We're not best friends yet, me and this 'gator, but I will say this: I have a lot more respect for his power. And I think we'll be able to get along.

Writing a synopsis: Tell us how you really feel!


Carla Swafford said...

Evil. Just plain evil. But a necessary evil.

Deborah Matthews said...

Hate 'em, but you have to do them. So, I try to keep it very simples.